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

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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

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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. [email protected]

  2. [email protected]

  3. [email protected]


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

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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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