[Another entry in the new monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]
by Ethan Gilsdorf
I had a plumb assignment lined up. An editor at a pretty sweet publication liked my idea for a story. The editor assigned it
September 17, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf
[Announcing a new monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer. This fall, Ethan is launching a suite of classes at GrubStreet called the Freelance Essentials Series, which teaches students the skills and craft to become working freelance journalists.]
by Ethan Gilsdorf
Back in the 1990s, when I first contemplated becoming a freelance writer, I was green. OK, I was more than green. I was chartreuse. I was viridescent. I was so naive-green, it hurt to look at me.
But for some reason ...
August 20, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf
[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]
by Molly Howes
My practice as a clinical psychologist has, across many years, provided a peculiar version of privacy: I am often intensely focused on another person in an intimate connection. I am strongly present in that real human relationship. But I am also separate, because my own life is largely extraneous to the work we are doing. The time-honored “blank slate” of the therapist requires me to keep information about myself out of the patient’s way.
August 7, 2013 | Info
Today's lesson: How to write a killer pitch letter.
By "kill," I don't mean actual death. That would be wrong, illegal, and really messy given all this heat we've been having. I mean, how to write a pitch letter (aka "query letter") for your novel or nonfiction book or article idea or essay that literally stops editors and agents dead in their tracks. Your goal: to get them to read beyond that first paragraph (what we in the biz call "graf") and into the heart of your query letter.