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While we try to get back to everyone, due to a high volume of pitches, we can’t always respond. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks, feel free to shop your idea elsewhere.
Please review our content strategy and pitch requirements below before pitching.
Review The Freelance Creative’s content strategy before pitching
The Freelance Creative offers analyses of the creative freelance space and strategies for how individuals can maximize their freelance careers within the world of content marketing.
Experienced freelance creatives: writers, designers, photographers, videographers, and more. Content can be broadly targeted toward these groups or narrowly focused on one subset.
Our publishing pillars
Pitches should fall under one of these four pillars:
Resources: Hands-on guidance for freelancers seeking to deepen their client base, keep up with best practices, and up their business savvy. Preference will be given to evergreen(ish) stories that provide lasting value.
- How Freelancers Can Prioritize Their Mental Health
- A Quick and Dirty Guide for Freelancers Who Need to Start Saving for Retirement (Like, Now)
- How to Write a Helpful Headline People Will Want to Click
Trends: Timely takes on news concerning the freelance economy and emerging trends in the freelance community.
- Will AI Replace Us Lowly Human Freelancers?
- Most Digital Content Isn’t Accessible. It’s Time to Fix That.
- How to Find Inclusive Style Guides That Lead to More Thoughtful Writing
Voices: Personal essays covering the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of self-employment in the content marketing space. (Please note: The Freelance Creative considers only complete essays. See below.)
- Why I Freelance: Wealth and Status Weren’t Worth My Life
- Firing a Nightmare Client and Losing $5,000 Was the Best Decision I Ever Made
- How I Spent a Month in France Without Losing Clients
Be a Better Contently Freelancer: Content in this pillar helps Contently freelancers navigate the Contently landscape—from getting set up with clients to navigating Contently projects and relationships to enhancing the value and quality of the work they deliver.
- Secrets from Contently’s Top-Earning Freelancers
- How to Get More Work From Contently Editors
- 7 Tips for Pitching Contently Clients, According to Our Managing Editors
How to structure your pitch to The Freelance Creative
Pitches should offer:
- A grabby headline + lede
- 1-2 short paragraphs describing your idea
- An explanation of what makes this story angle unique
- Proposed sources—articles, studies, interviews—if applicable
Please note which pillar your idea falls under in your pitch.
How to submit a personal essay for our Voices pillar
The Freelance Creative is interested in receiving essays about modern freelancing: struggle, triumph, lessons learned, good clients, bad clients, the media landscape, family, relationships—any personal experience that stems from or is colored by freelancing.
- Only full essays are considered
- Chosen essays will be edited in close consultation with writers
- Length: min. 700 words
- Please, no previously published work
- Flat fee: $400
Pay for a typical 700-1,000-word story is around $500, but could be more or less depending on length, sourcing requirements, and other factors.
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