Posts Tagged ‘Pitching’

Track changes: Making the switch from writer to editor

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  Writers and editors don’t always see eye-to-eye. Sometimes those differences can make it feel like they simply don’t understand each other. But many editors come to their jobs after spending many years as writers, and they bring that experience with them when they take on their new roles. Last week, five writers-turned-editors participated in […]

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Ask TON: How soon to repitch the same editor?

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    Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I just received a nice rejection letter from an editor who encouraged me to try again. I’d really like to write for this publication. How soon is too soon to pitch another story?

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How to Prepare for the ScienceWriters2013 Power Pitch

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The Power Pitch session at ScienceWriters2013 will give writers a chance to connect face-to-face with editors from 11 different publishers and publications. The session will be held Saturday morning from 11:15AM to 12:15PM in Century ballroom A. But you will have to sign up beforehand. For information on how to sign up, go here. In […]

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Pictures and Prose: When photographers and writers work together

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Dominic Bracco photographs fishermen after a long day of work on the eastern Sea of Cortez. * Modern journalism was built on teams of photographers and writers heading off together to report stories back to the reader in pictures and prose. We asked a roundtable of writers, editors and photographers to discuss the value of […]

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Ask TON: Breaking into science writing

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’m a new science writer and I have very few published clips. What types of stories, and what types of venues (or specific ones) are best for someone like me to pitch to? And what are some good strategies for […]

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Serendipity Story: A pitch in sheep’s clothing

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I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly two decades, specializing in science and medicine. Most of my living comes from editors who like my work and farm out stories to me. That’s healthy for my cash flow, but it comes with a drawback: I rarely get to choose what I write. I doubt I’m alone […]

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Post-Slam Dunk

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The great thing about a Pitch Slam is that everyone benefits from courageous writers who conquer their nerves enough to pitch an idea, at a microphone, in front of a room full of their peers and a panel of editors from top publications. By any measure, the Pitch Slam at ScienceWriters2012 was crammed with outstanding pitches […]

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Cramming for the Slam

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Few tasks bring more stress and anxiety to freelancers than pitching a story, except coming face-to-face with an editor at a meeting and pitching a story on the spot — in front of an audience. With ScienceWriters2012 and the Pitch Slam in just a few days, we decided to help freelancers prepare by offering up […]

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Ask TON: Repitching killed stories

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  Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I recently had a feature story killed just before publication. I retain the rights to it. However, I’m not sure of the etiquette and ethics of selling a killed story to a new editor. What’s the most effective approach?

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Sharpening ideas: From topic to story

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George Johnson wanted to write about new developments in cancer research for the New York Times. But he needed to find a story that would let him to do it. So last year Johnson, a regular contributor to the Times’ science section who’s writing a book about cancer, cut a deal with his editor. He’d […]

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Ask TON: Saving string

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’m a freelancer, and I want to move from doing straight news stories to features, but I don’t really know how to start looking for ideas. People talk about “saving string” for features, but where do they look for the string? Should […]

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Pitching errors: How not to pitch

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Writing a good pitch is really tough. Writing a bad one is easy. Editors see the same mistakes over and over again, even from good writers. A few weeks ago, seven editors from a variety of publications participated in a round-table discussion, in a series of group emails, about how NOT to pitch. I started […]

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