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Freelance Secret #5: The Publications You’ve Never Heard of Are the Ones that Pay the Most

By Calvin Hennick

I have a friend who used to be a model. Like many in the industry, she quickly found herself deeply in debt to her agency, forced to use her meager earnings to repay plane tickets and rents in expensive cities like New York and Paris – the places she needed to be in order to get hired by the biggest magazines and labels in fashion. Basically, she went broke chasing the glamour gigs.  

April 1, 2014 | Calvin Hennick

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Freelance Secret #4: Build a Three-Clip Resume

By Calvin Hennick

Editor's note: Learn more about writing for magazines during Hennick's upcoming class, "6 Weeks, 6 Essays: Section C"!

 

No matter what magazine you want to write for, you’re only three good clips away from landing an assignment. 

All right, it’s not quite that simple

March 4, 2014 | Calvin Hennick

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Freelance Secret #3: Steal Story Ideas from Your Own Life

It can be maddening to sit down with a stack of magazines and try to come up with a list of solid pitches. If you’re like me, most of the ideas that come off the top of your head are so obvious you’d be embarrassed to send them to an editor.   

You see Brad Pitt on the cover of GQ and think, “Hey, I wonder if they’ve ever considered interviewing George Clooney!”

February 4, 2014 | Calvin Hennick

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Freelance Secret #2: Find a Friend on the Masthead

NOTE: This column is the second in the series “Freelance Secrets”

By Calvin Hennick

If you have a fantastic, sure-sale, can’t-say-no story pitch and you want it to go unread, here are three great places to send it:


  1. editor@magazine.com

  2. query@publication.net

  3. submissions@periodical.org


These general pitch inboxes might get read at some magazines, but I’m guessing it doesn’t happen a lot

January 7, 2014 | Calvin Hennick

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Freelance Secret #1: Work the Phones

NOTE: This column is the first in the series “Freelance Secrets”

By Calvin Hennick

Study the writers’ guidelines for most major publications, and you’re likely to find three little, daunting words: “No calls, please.”

Ignore them.

If you’re looking to break into a publication as a freelance writer, it won’t earn you any points to follow all the rules

December 3, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

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