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Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world. If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself. Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

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Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world. If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself. Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

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Rebecca has extremely educational content that turns you in the right direction! Definitely worth checking out!!!

Engaging interviews, spot-on advice

By ValKat12 - Sep 25 2019
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Grateful to have stumbled on this terrific listen! The episode on Dis/Traction was so insightful and actionable, it changed the way I work. Vastly more efficient and productive with just a few tweaks. Thank you for an excellent show!

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
2
0
0
0

Awesome!

By EmpTrajan - Sep 26 2019
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Rebecca has extremely educational content that turns you in the right direction! Definitely worth checking out!!!

Engaging interviews, spot-on advice

By ValKat12 - Sep 25 2019
Read more
Grateful to have stumbled on this terrific listen! The episode on Dis/Traction was so insightful and actionable, it changed the way I work. Vastly more efficient and productive with just a few tweaks. Thank you for an excellent show!

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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

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Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world. If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself. Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

Rank #1: 03: Travel writing: Pitching stories before or after the trip

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This episode addresses two of the most requested topics my readers told me they wanted to hear about: travel writing and pitching.

Should you pitch your travel story ideas before or after you have a notebook full of notes?

In theory, you can do it successfully either way. You could do a little research and prereporting, pitch, get an assignment, schedule your interviews and be confident out in the field knowing who you’re writing for and what your angle is. Or you could set off on the trip, be open to what’s around you, reflect on it, and pitch when you get home and then get your assignment.

And let’s face it. You could also pitch and face silence or rejection either before the trip or after the trip.

If you knew it was going to work out either way, which would you prefer?

Download a guide for pitching travel stories at http://www.rebeccalweber.com/travelwriter .

Sign up for my free pitching mini course, Freelance Writer Breakthrough, and learn The Mashup  to generate ideas that nobody else sees, at http://www.rebeccalweber.com/2018breakthrough .

Get full show notes and more information http://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast3 .

Sep 06 2018

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Rank #2: WCP Bonus: Secrets of sustainable freelance writing success

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Want to break into your dream publications and cultivate long-term clients? Join me for this free, live class on becoming your editor's go-to freelance writer. Click here to register: www.rebeccalweber.com/freeclass 

Join us LIVE this Thursday, July 11, to learn: + A proven blueprint for pitching and selling freelance article ideas + How to turn a once-off assignment into an ongoing gig + The most effective tip for getting editors to respond to you + Answers to your questions during our live Q&A I’ll answer YOUR questions about freelancing and writing, drawing on more than a dozen years of experience freelancing for places like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Marie Claire, and helping other freelance writers achieve their goals.

REGISTER FOR THE LIVE CLASS

Click here to claim your spot. Be sure to note which session is best for your time zone.

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #3: 04: The perfect black T-shirt

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Tailoring your pitch to an individual publication will be a game changer if you’re used to a spray-and-pray approach. Simultaneous submissions may seem efficient in the short-term, but there’s a reason why most editors don’t respond to the same pitch you sent to their competition.

Freelance Writer Breakthrough: Free mini course on how to pitch > http://www.rebeccalweber.com/2018breakthrough

Freelance Writer Bootcamp: Write pitches that sell, break into your dream publications, and get paid well to cover stories you’re passionate about > https://www.freelancewriterbootcamp.com/

Guide on how to pitch travel stories > https://www.rebeccalweber.com/travelwriter

Get full show notes and more information > http://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast4

Sep 15 2018

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Rank #4: WCP55 Finding story ideas you can’t Google: Conferences, conventions, and trade shows, oh my

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Live events like conferences, conventions, trade shows, can be a rich source of multiple story ideas—or an overwhelming waste of time and energy. Learn how to leave with a small notebook bursting with everything you need to write up pitches for feature ideas instead of a bunch of lousy brochures.

MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

WCP 47: Listener Q&A, Vol. III WCP 39: Listener Q&A, Volume II WCP 28: Listener Q&A Free guide on how to pitch: 5 proven steps to writing queries that sell WCP 25: Using juicy quotes in your pitches

ASK REBECCA ANYTHING:

Click here to submit your writing question for the next episode of Listener Q&A.

Click here for more info and full show notes with links.

Sep 12 2019

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Rank #5: WCP12 How to get freelance clients to pay on time

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Freelancers often ask: How do I get a client to pay an invoice that’s past due? Today we’re asking a better question: How do you get clients to pay you on time in the first place? If you’ve had more than one late-paying client in the past few years, this episode is going to shake up the way you approach billing. I’m going to share some very practical things you can do straight away to break a cycle of late payments and improve your cash flow.

Companion PDF to this episode: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/payme

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast12

Nov 08 2018

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Rank #6: WCP Bonus: Telling people you're a writer

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Are you happy and excited when somebody asks, “What do you do?” No? Listen in as we go a bit deeper into how to practice your new way of thinking and talking about what you call yourself.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

WCP 33: A writer by any other name

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If you enjoy these episodes, please write a short review on iTunes. These reviews help other writers find and listen to the podcast. Share a takeaway or a-ha moment, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen. Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

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Apr 23 2019

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Rank #7: 05: Pitching mindset

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The first thing most freelance writers need to do to improve their pitching isn’t some editorial magic trick. It’s not tips on including a news hook, or how to write a great subject line, or having the right clips in your portfolio. For most of us, the first thing to do to improve your pitching is to change how you’re thinking about the pitching process itself.

Maybe you didn’t even know you had a pitching mindset. Today I’m going to offer some unconventional ways of approaching pitching and perspectives that you haven’t considered before.

Freelance Writer Breakthrough Free mini course on how to pitch: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/2018breakthrough

Freelance Writer Bootcamp Write pitches that sell, break into your dream publications, and get paid well to cover stories you’re passionate about: https://www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast5

Sep 20 2018

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Rank #8: WCP20: Setting freelance writer goals

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The freelance writer goal setting process I’m sharing with you today works for goals that will take half a day, one year, or anywhere in between.

Schedule a free mini writing coach session

Write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast20

Jan 03 2019

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Rank #9: WCP37 Write locally, publish globally

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Freelancers want to write for foreign publications for multiple reasons: access to larger or more engaged audiences so that your stories have more impact, higher income, and the thrill of a new challenge.

I’ve written stories for publications in the US, as well as in South Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia. But initially I found it quite a challenge, and struggled to identify the right angles and amount of context for readers without intimate knowledge of my area.

This episode will demystify finding your best foreign markets, the biggest differences between writing for local and global audiences, positioning yourself and your stories, and some tips for finding the best stories for foreign readers.

HAVE A WRITING QUESTION?

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WRITE A REVIEW TO SUPPORT THE WRITING COACH PODCAST

Did you enjoy the show? Write a review on iTunes to help other writers find the podcast. Share a takeaway, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen.

Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

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May 09 2019

34mins

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Rank #10: WCP 17: Overwhelm

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Multiple clients, multiple topics, multiple deadlines … freelance writers deal with a lot of moving parts. Today we’ll cover the three kinds of thoughts causing you to feel overwhelm, and what you can do to remedy it.

Apply for the Freelance Writer Bootcamp scholarship: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/scholarship

Bootcamp waitlist: https://www.freelancewriterbootcamp.com

WCP Bonus: Freelance Writer Bootcamp alumni discuss what the program’s really like https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcastalum/

WCP 1: What’s your problem? https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast1

WCP 2: Thinking thoughts and feeling feels https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast2

Schedule a free mini coaching session https://www.rebeccalweber.com/coach

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast17

Dec 13 2018

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Rank #11: WCP43 Bridge thoughts

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Often when I start coaching a writer, they ask, “How do I get myself to do this thing I know I should do?” The short answer is to change the thinking that’s causing your blocks. If you think differently, you’ll feel and act differently too.

Bridge thoughts are a mindset management tool that can help you overcome imposter syndrome, not setting boundaries, underearning, procrastination, and so many of the problems writers face that we’ve talked about in previous podcast episodes.

This isn’t about asking you to pretend to believe things that aren’t true. It’s the opposite, it’s about first identifying things that you believe that *aren’t true, and then to replace those beliefs with thoughts that *are true.

This episode is for those of you who are ready to take your writer mindset management to the next level. You may want to go back to episode 1 for a refresher first.

MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

WCP1 What’s your problem?

WCP 33: A writer by any other name

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE MINI WRITER COACHING SESSION

Need help applying this week’s teaching to your writing life? Click here to book your coaching session.

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Jun 20 2019

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Rank #12: WCP Bonus: Don’t believe everything your mind tells you

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This live session builds on this week's podcast episode re imposter syndrome.

We’re very aware of fake news and disinformation campaigns in our daily work and in the world around us, and we see the consequences of fact checking sources vs letting hoaxes run rampant. You know it’s important to distinguish between objective fact and subjective opinion when reporting an article. But it's harder to identify those distinctions when it comes to what we think about our writing and our freelance careers. This talk will help you do that, and prepare you for the teachings in episode 43.

Follow me on Facebook to hear of upcoming FB Lives at www.facebook.com/freelancewriterbootcamp.

MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

WCP 1: What’s your problem?

WCP 42: Writers and imposter syndrome

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE MINI WRITER COACHING SESSION:

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Click here for more info and full show notes with links.

Jun 18 2019

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Rank #13: WCP21: What if you loved to pitch?

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What if you loved pitching, and/or knew you were really good at it? What would you do differently?

If you’re avoiding pitching as frequently as ambitiously as you would if you were great at it, then you’re choosing to experience all the things you were hoping to avoid: silence from editors, not earning enough, and rejection of your story ideas.

Today we challenge the beliefs you have about pitching that are holding you back from breaking into your dream publications.

Sign up for my free mini course, Freelance Writer Breakthrough, to watch the first video lesson on idea generation now.

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast21

Jan 10 2019

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Rank #14: WCP24: Which comes first, the pitch or the interview?

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Which should you do first: secure an interview or pitch the story? Many writers frame this as a chicken and egg situation, but it isn’t an existential or biological question. It’s a decision you get to make about which way you want to get started. Let’s look at the pros and cons so you can make a swift and informed choice that serves you and your story.

Sign up for a free mini coaching session to get help with your chicken and egg situation.

Follow me on Instagram. For more info and full show notes, visit: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast24

Feb 08 2019

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Rank #15: 08: Backstory of a New York Times travel feature with Sarah Khan

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Sarah Khan is a freelance travel writer for the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure.

Today Sarah shares the backstory of her award-winning feature for the New York Times, "A Muslim American’s Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis." We discuss the origins of the idea, as well as pitching, reporting, and writing the article, and responses after publication.

She breaks down her processes and shares insights and tips about local contacts, finding multiple stories from each trip, and writing through self-doubt.

Enjoy this episode? Please write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-writing-coach-podcast-with-rebecca-l-weber/id1435527746

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast8

Oct 11 2018

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Rank #16: WCP18: The creative process with Emma Philipson

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Emma Philipson is the author of the very funny new book about the creative process, “Don’t just give up - quit!”

She teaches creativity to adults in her native Sweden and shares her own process as well as what she teaches today on the podcast. In this episode Emma talks about using your creative muscles, the importance of being both naughty and vulnerable in your work, and the willingness to trust in the process and in not knowing.

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast18

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Dec 20 2018

24mins

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Rank #17: WCP19: Your year in review

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Ready to plan for 2020? What you do (or don’t) accomplish in 2019 is going to set you up for the year ahead. Think about what you one year from now will be poised to do if you have a year of growth vs a year on automatic pilot.

Today I offer you three different ways of looking at the past year before turning to goal setting for the future.

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast19

Dec 27 2018

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Rank #18: WCP 23: Company of One with Paul Jarvis

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Paul Jarvis, author of the new book Company of One, joins us today to talk about what it means as a freelancer to pursue more vs. enough, the importance of working on your business instead of always in your business, how he chose to say “No” to freelance work to get this book done, and much more. By the way, he submitted his manuscript a month ahead of schedule. :D

Did you enjoy this episode? Please share it forward by writing a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on iTunes.

Click here for more info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast23

Jan 31 2019

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Rank #19: WCP38 Writing through grief

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In some important ways, it doesn’t matter what your job is when somebody you care about dies. In today’s episode, we look at ways you can use writing to process your emotions and communicate love and loss, or to support somebody else who is in mourning. We also discuss the practical challenges of freelancing while grieving.

HAVE A WRITING QUESTION?

Send me your question in an email, and I may answer it on the next edition of Listener Q&A.

WRITE A REVIEW TO SUPPORT THE WRITING COACH PODCAST

Did you enjoy the show? Write a review on iTunes to help other writers find the podcast. Share a takeaway, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen.

Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

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May 16 2019

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Rank #20: WCP11 Money and negotiation blocks

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Often our thoughts about money and negotiations are so old, we don’t question them as optional belief systems. We think we’re observing reality. And then we make important choices based on that perceived reality.

Most freelancers I’ve coached say they’re underearning and want to make more money. Yet when it comes time to actually ask your clients for more money, there’s a lot of resistance. You don’t want to do anything different. I call this a negotiation block.

Ready to unblock?

Get full show notes here: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast11

Nov 01 2018

18mins

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