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How to Pitch The Freelancer

By The Freelancer April 8th, 2020

This post was last updated May 11, 2020.

The Freelancer is not accepting pitches at the moment, but check back frequently as this changes often. For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter.

Submit your ideas to thefreelancer@contently.com.

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 Freelancer’s content strategy before pitching

Our mission

The Freelancer offers analysis of the creative freelance space and strategies for how individuals can maximize their freelance careers within the world of content marketing.

Our audience

Experienced freelance creatives: writers, designers, photographers, videographers and more. Content can be broadly targeted toward these groups or narrowly focused targeting 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.

Trends: Timely takes on news concerning the freelance economy and emerging trends in the freelance community

Voices: Personal essays covering the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of self-employment in the content marketing space. (Please note: The Freelancer considers only complete essays. See below.)

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.

How to structure your pitch to The Freelancer

Please note which pillar your idea falls under in the subject line of your email. (Ex: RESOURCES: Your Guide to Freelancing from Space.)

Pitches should offer:

  • A grabby lede
  • 1-2 short paragraphs describing your idea
  • Proposed subheds
  • Proposed sources—articles, studies, interviews—if applicable

How to submit a personal essay for our Voices pillar

The Freelancer 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.

Please note:

  • 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: $300

Pay

Pay for a typical 700-1,000-word story ranges from $300-$350, but could be more or less depending on length, sourcing requirements, and other factors.

What The Freelancer is looking for now

The Freelancer is not accepting pitches at the moment, but check back frequently as this changes often. For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter.

 

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