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Freelance Writing Roadmap Podcast

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. The show is hosted by Carolyn Crist, a health and medical journalist who writes for Reuters, Runner's World and Wired.

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What Was My Freelance Journey?

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. In this episode, I talk about my writing journey from a newspaper staffer just out of college to a full-time freelancer where I control my own schedule and pick my assignments. Remember, this journey is all personal! So let's figure out the best path for you, too, based on where you are now and where you want to go.

22mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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The Full 7-Step Freelance Writing Roadmap (audio of today's masterclass)

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to confidence as a freelance writer. This week's episode features the August 1 masterclass, where I uncover the 7 steps in the Freelance Writing Roadmap. It's a longer one than usual, so it's a special episode! Dig in for details about knowing your "why," brainstorming ideas, and pitching editors with the 4-paragraph template. Then learn about the FWR online course and sign up with me! Hit that "subscribe" button so you don't miss another episode, and find additional resources at www.freelancewritingroadmap.com.

1hr 4mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Let's Talk About Money

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to confidence as a freelance writer. This week's episode is all about MONEY. That ever-important money. We'll talk money mindset, tradeoffs, content mills, and "exposure." I also detail the differences between charging "project rate," "per word," and "per hour" — and the times to use them, both separately and together. I hope it helps! Now get that $$$. Hit that "subscribe" button so you don't miss another episode, and find additional resources at www.freelancewritingroadmap.com.

30mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Freelance Writing Roadmap: What Do I Include in Pitch Emails?

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. In this episode, learn how to format your emails to editors and know what specifics to include in the subject line, first sentence and "about me" section of your pitch.

29mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Solving the Summer Slump

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to confidence as a freelance writer. This week's episode takes a look at this time of year and the "lull" that can often happen when we're feeling stressed out financially, mentally, physically or emotionally. Let's call it the "Summer Slump." So what can you do? I've seen this post in several of the online journalism communities I'm a member of, and I offer up three suggestions this week that may help you move through the rest of July and start preparing for August and the fall.  Hit that "subscribe" button so you don't miss another episode, and find additional resources at www.freelancewritingroadmap.com.

24mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Freelance Writing Roadmap: How Do I Develop Story Ideas?

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. In this episode, learn five tips to develop story ideas, narrow them down and make them specific to pitch to editors.

22mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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5 Things To Do When You're Out of Story Ideas

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. This week's episode focuses on the 5 things you can do when you need to drum up story ideas. Think about these: 1. Go back through your files. 2. Look at local news. 3. Localize national news. 4. Tie an idea to an event. 5. Get out of your chair. Listen in for details and examples for each section! Hit that "subscribe" button so you don't mind another episode, and find additional resources at www.freelancewritingroadmap.com.

18mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Addressing Your One Big Goal

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to confidence as a freelance writer. This week's episode digs into your "big goal" and taking the steps forward to figure out what you should do next. What do you need to do to get there? Are the steps you're taking not enough or not quite the right thing? Let's talk it out. Hit that "subscribe" button so you don't miss another episode, and find additional resources at www.freelancewritingroadmap.com.

23mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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How Can I Find a Niche?

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. In this episode, I talk about niche specialties, how they are helpful and how you can brainstorm a few quickly.

25mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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How Do I Deal with Impostor Syndrome?

The Freelance Writing Roadmap podcast focuses on freelance life, tips for pitching editors, and the roadmap for moving from zero bylines to a full-time freelance writer. In this episode, I talk about Impostor Syndrome and how it plagues us all and what I learned about it at the Kajabi Impact Summit, as well as how it can attack us specifically in the freelance writing field.

20mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #10