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Query letter: how to sell your article ideas to editors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing – Find, Price, Manage Corporate Writing Assignments & Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines. Why readers (of the target publication) would want to read the article (demonstrating your knowledge of the magazine’s readership). Address.

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Writing W5 News Article Leads

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . The W5 — who, what, where, when and why (and sometimes hoW) is key to the news article, particularly to the lead of a news article. The death toll rose to 166. Here is the W5 outline: Who ?

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Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” Benton [.]. Leadership Presentation Skills public speaking Uncategorized Confidence Fear of Public Speaking leadership Presentation Public Speaking Course public speaking training

Query letter: sell your article ideas

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

In this 10-minute video, Paul Lima discusses how to sell your article ideas to newspaper and magazine editors using the query letter. He looks at how to structure and write query letters to pitch your article ideas: v=uCt1I20Bdyc

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Writing Article Leads

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

[Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content - [link] ]. If you don’t capture your reader’s attention in the lead, chances are your article will remain unread. What you want to do, in fact, is set the stage for the article in your lead.

Skyword Study: Early Morning Publishing Yields the Most Article Views

Content Marketing Today

Articles published during breakfast and lunch yield more views on average. In our most recent Skyword study, we analyzed data regarding an article’s time of publication to determine how time of day affected news consumption. Gather articles are published on a full 24-hour cycle, and we analyzed data obtained over the last 8 months.

In time for Christmas: Books on business, promotional, article writing and business of freelance writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Just in time for Christmas for the writer on your gift list: popular print and e-books (for Kindle and Kobo) on business, promotional, book, article, social media and website writing, self-publishing and the business of freelance writing. The Query Letter: How to Sell Article Ideas to Newspapers and Magazines.

Yes Checklist: what to discuss when and editor says yes to your article idea

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

What you do once an editor says “yes” to your article idea can be as important as how you pitch your ideas (the query letter). After all, once the editor says, “Yes, I’d love to buy that article from you…” you move from the domain of salesperson to that of a supplier of words. Article idea. Working title. Slant/angle.

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Presenting in your 2nd language: My article for @Toastmasters

The Eloquent Woman

My latest article for Toastmaster, the official magazine of Toastmasters International, is now freely available to all. Enjoy these resources

Article: How to prepare for interviews with reporters

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Media Relations Published ArticlesWhether your company has good news to share, such as an excellent safety record, or bad news, such as the leak of hazardous materials, company executives have to be prepared to talk to the media. That’s why only designated spokespersons should talk to reporters.

Drudge Report's Curating Includes Articles Behind Paywalls - How Disappointing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For news junkies in a hurry, the Drudge Report used to be the go-to place. It had tons of curated content, continually brought up-to-date.

How Our ‘Newsjacking’ Oscars Article Got Readership, Reaction, and Results

Content Marketing Today

Interestingly, one commenter on our article hated our newsjacking example because he found the Red Carpet monkey business in appallingly bad taste.

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Finding article ideas to pitch to editors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Many people who want to write feel they lack ideas for articles. I sold four of the dog walking-inspired ideas, and then sold an article, “Ideas, Inspiration and Dogs,” on how I develop ideas while walking my dog. You will soon be able to read that article online at [link]. Did my article idea light bulb burn brightly?

New professional speaking articles

Great Public Speaking

Check out seven new short articles on professional speaking: How to Become a Motivational Speaker How to Become a Professional Speaker Have You Ever Dreamed of Being a Motivational Keynote Speaker?

Solid overview article on becoming your own boss

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Solid overview article on becoming your own boss. Business Vision Freelance Writing - General

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

Speaking Freely

I just read an article on Forbes called “Why Public Speaking Scares and and How to Overcome your Fear” by Susan Adams. This is one of the best articles on fear of speaking I have seen in a long time! I am a presentation and speaking coach in Houston. I have specialized in transforming [.].

Content – A Seven-Step Road Map for Your Content Marketing : MarketingProfs Article

Content Marketing Today

Content – A SevenStep Road Map for Your Content Marketing (7 step road map for creating content marketing.)…

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Different types of “W” leads

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . Why : there was no reference to the economic downturn; however, with the spate of articles on the recession, including others on the same page, the why is apparent, so it was left out of the lead. Wrap Lead.

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Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

Speaking Freely

Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads – from “Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads - As you have gathered by now, rather than using the W5 to deliver the news, soft leads capture the attention of readers by using a story-related anecdote, painting a picture of a person, place or thing, or posing a question.

Eight Steps to Getting Speaking Engagements : MarketingProfs Articles

Article continues below There is much evidence that speaking at public forums often results in attaining business, because an audience of potential customers or clients gains an increased awareness of the company in general and specific subject areas in particular. See Whats New on the Agenda! How can you meet this challenge? Choose a topic.


Everything you wanted to know about freelance writing: Chapter 9: Discovering More Article Ideas

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

While you can generate scores of article ideas through clustering, it is good to look at external sources for article idea inspiration as well. Doing so will broaden your perspective and open your mind to other possibilities.

Chapter 16:Chapter 1: Writing Article Leads – “Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If you take time to produce a detailed query letter, you will often find your lead, the beginning of your article, is in your query. It might not be exactly there, but the query will give the editor (and you) a solid idea of what the article is about and perhaps where the story begins. Why is the lead important?

Life and Death Communication (Literally)

Matt Eventoff

This article, written by Mario Vittone, is a must-read for everyone. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life… The remainder of the article can be found on Mario’s site. Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning by Mario on May 18, 2010.

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Humor Articles

Humor Power

If you get the Toastmaster magazine, don’t miss the four humor-skills articles in the August 2011 issue. – How To Win an Audience with Bombproof Humor. – How to Add Humor to Club Meetings. – Make ‘em Laugh. – Funny You Should Say That: I’m Sorry, Were You Being Funny?

Using Blogs and Articles to Find Targeted Prospects

Great Public Speaking

Guest posting on other people's blogs is a great way to find targeted traffic. Many major blog sites have been up and active for years, attracting thousands of page views a week and a ton of subscribers. They have done all of the hard work. These posts stay archived forever. Providing content is a win/win situation for everyone involved.

Fundamentals of Writing – introduction

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

My Books Fundamentals of Writing Paul Lima writing articles writing case studies writing media releases writing social media content

Use W5 to help you communicate effectively

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Business Training Business Writing Published ArticlesWhether you are writing or talking, communicating effectively is important. To demonstrate the point, I often tell the story of the golf course groundskeeper who hired a young trainee. The day the trainee showed up, the groundskeeper said, “See those bundles of sod on the truck?

Misses and Hits: Lessons from Singapore’s YPAP Video

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Articles Body Language Dealing with People Events & Experiences General Image and Impressions Public Speaking Sales & Persuasion The Shy Speakers'' Guide Thoughts and Reflections Videos & Podcast Editors Note: This post is written entirely for learning purposes. C''mon. give me […].

Social-media Fatigue: Executives back to buttoned-down bylined articles, op-eds in mainstream media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's joy in Ghostville today and I am not referring to the Halloween kind.    Then they realized that "wasn't them." 

One Writer’s Tale of Self-Publishing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Published Articles Self-Publishing & Print On DemandIn 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, according to Publishers Weekly. Since then, the industry has all but stopped keeping stats. POD publishers charge aspiring authors modest fees and pay no advances. I’ve been self-publishing since 2006 and.

Articles you should have read

Dahle Communication

Instead of delving into something new today, I wanted to highlight some of the great posts and articles that I have found over the past couple of weeks that I felt needed to be discussed more. I'm not saying this happened with these posts, I just wanted to highlight a few of those that I really enjoyed and want people to check out.


Article: Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. They have to spend their own time and money to create a website and publicize their books. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support. In 2005 sales were down by 9 percent (and have continued to fall).

The Day TED Might Have Died

Manner of Speaking

I recently wrote a post in which I shared an article written by Seth Godin. That article mentioned the (then) upcoming book on TED Talks by TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, … Continue reading → TED Chris Anderson

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New article: Q&A

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

There’s a new issue of magazine on the streets. Sometimes, meetings are no place for democracy. You know what? It is just you.

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Know Your Audience - IBM marketing should read this article

Dahle Communication

An important feature when speaking is knowing who your audience is. However, this is not just for public speaking. Sounds like a great deal right?

Article Marketing For Public Speakers

Great Public Speaking

What To Write Article maketing is a great tool for driving targeted traffic to websites, opt-in pages and sales letters. Using the different article distribution sites can be a bit tricky, though. Also, make sure that the article page on your site has been indexed by the search engines first before submitting to the article sites.

Business Speeches, Books, Articles: Research Symbolism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The hard cold world of business had effectively humanized itself by leveraging symbolism related to the ordinary lives of people.  Lots of it.

Charles Harder Also Hits LawNewz - But Letter Is Not About "Escort" Article

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But it wasn't about an article in which Melania was referred to as an "escort" in the 1990s. Gawker."

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Article: Adventures in dog land

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Tags: Published Articles dog owner first dog Giant Schnauzer Modern Dog