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How to Find Your First Freelancing Gig

Hello writer bees!

When I posted about the pros and cons of freelance writing, a lot of writers reached out to me, asking for advice on where to start. Well, this post is for you up-and-coming freelancers. How does one start out as a freelancer? Where are all the gigs?

Today, we’ll talk about the secrets behind finding that first freelance job and what you need to succeed in the freelancing world.

Before The Search

Before you begin your freelancing quest, compile writing samples. You can write a mock article about a topic you are passionate about. Or you can start a blog and post regularly. OR you can use those old essays from school (wink wink). Any written example that showcases your unique tone, voice and perspective.

Take it from me, starting out was tough. It took some time until I found any writing job. You’d think a Bachelor’s Degree in English would be enough. Nope. Part of the reason I created the Lady Jabberwocky blog was to build up a writing portfolio. And it did lead me to my first couple freelance jobs.

Check out Job Boards

Look, I found my first freelance gig on Indeed. And at the time, I wasn’t even specifically looking for a freelance job. I was (desperately) looking for any writer opportunity. So check out general job sites and search key words like “writing” “blogging” or “remote” and see what you find.

However, there are job boards dedicated to freelancing. Sites like All Freelance Writing and BloggingPro share both freelance and contract jobs for writers of all skill levels. Now, I haven’t personally tried these websites, but I’ve heard of other writers using them. Just be weary of those “make cash fast writing” schemes and research companies beforehand.

The Freelance Factories

Try Fiverr or Upwork. I’ve heard mixed reviews of these sites from other freelancers. While these websites help freelancers connect to customers and opportunities, these companies do take a cut of all earnings. Keep that in mind.

I was on Fiverr for a few months. It was a platform where I offered my services and set my own rates. Did I find freelance work? Yes. Did I find recurring clients? Yes. Were my earnings equivalent to the work? I don’t think so.

Pitch Perfectly

Sometimes, you have to be brave, pitch your talents and see what happens. Pitching is all about selling yourself to potential buyers. There’s no harm in shooting your ideas out there. What’s the worse that can happen?

Is there a publication you are interest in being a part of? Check if they have a submissions page detailing their pay rates and what kind of articles they ae looking for. Consider sending them an email with your pitch idea and writing samples attached. And don’t be discouraged if you get rejected or no response. Keep at it and a door will open eventually.


For all the freelancers out there, how did you find your first gig? What kind of job was it? And what advice would you give to beginner freelancers? Share your experience in the comments.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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How to Pitch Articles Like a Pro

Hello writer bees!

With the start of a new year, it’s time to take charge of your freelancing endeavors. How can you achieve the perfect pitch? And no, I don’t mean musically. A pitch, by definition means “words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something.” Sometimes, freelancers must sell their ideas for articles to potential buyers. It’s all about that hustle.

So, let’s talk about creating an eye catching pitch. This could be for a publication you regularly write for, or, if you are gutsy, a website that you’ve never interacted with before.

Research Beforehand

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So important. Know what this potential buyer is looking for. Get a feel for their tone and their content. What kind of topics do they post about? Is the tone formal or informal? Do they include pictures and jokes? Understand their readership as well. Who is their target audience? What message do they wish to present to the world.

Here’s a pro tip; Make sure you read articles from the publication. And yes, I mean it. Actually read, don’t fib about being a “big fan” of their site. Come on, we’ve all done that.

Also, make sure you go over their submission guidelines. Just about every online publication has a guidelines page, some even show their pay per article upfront. And some editors have specific rules that they want followed, like a certain style or word count. Try to make the editor’s job easier and cover all the bases.

Know What Every Great Pitch Needs

Next, let’s break down all the essentials needed for one amazing pitch. Here’s the recipe for greatness.

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  1. What type of material?: Article? Listicle? Essay? Interview? Editors like to know the format you, as the writer, is aiming for.
  2. Potential Title: Don’t just say the topic is about “tacos”. Instead, try possible, attention grabbing headlines like “Crunchy vs Soft Shells; Which are Superior?” or “Veggie Add-ins for Taco Night.” Be aware, titles sometimes change during the editing process, don’t sweat too much!
  3. Impact: Talk about why readers would be interested in what you have to say. Give them a compelling reason why your piece fits their publication. If you know specific viewership numbers, provide a guesstimate of how many readers might read your article.
  4. Stance: If it’s an argumentative piece, discuss your perspective on the subject. Be careful of being too controversial. Always stay fact based in your opinion and cite sources when needed.

Short and Sweet

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Imagine you’re in an elevator and only have a couple sentences to convey your idea. Because a great pitch only needs a few sentences to hook someone’s attention. Keep your pitch brief. Be clear and be focused. At the end of a day, a proper pitch should only be a couple hundred words, (~200-300 words).

And consider including your portfolio or publication history and a brief introduction of yourself. Don’t go overboard, we’re keeping things short, remember? But still, try to sell yourself and your talents quickly yet effectively.


Fortune favors the brave, so be brave when pitching article ideas. Best of luck with your pitches, writer bees!

To all the freelancers out there, how do you hustle in your work? What’s your advice on sending the perfect pitch?

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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The Most Oddball Article Topics I’ve Ever Written About

Hello hello writer bugs!

You know, this holiday season is driving me crazy. After nearly getting trampled at the mall and doing some serious Christmas shopping, I want to relax in festive pajamas.

For this week, let’s keep things lighthearted and fun, shall we? A while ago, I talked about how important it is to be versatile as a freelancer writer. In this line of work, you never know what you’ll get. Clients can ask for anything. Assignments can be sometimes strange, in a good way.

Here are some humorous examples of topics I’ve had to write for clients, to bring you some holiday joy and laughter. Hope you enjoy!

Fun Facts About Peter Pan

Wow. Way back in the days of an internship, I was charged with writing about all things Disney. And I loved it. Sometimes, I’d write a list of “fun facts” about iconic Disney characters or movies. Like Fun Facts about Peter Pan. (Also Fun facts about Minnie Mouse, Fun facts about the Little Mermaid, etc.) Although I’m still not sure who’d be interested in articles like that, except for trivia buffs, I researched a ton to dig up some interesting facts. Did you know that Walt Disney played Peter Pan in a school play? Yeah, neither did I.

Nightwing Meets Magilla Gorrilla

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When I used to write comic book reviews for a certain website, each week would be a new issue to critique. Series like Nightwing, Birds of Prey, Hawkman and the Silencer, for all the comic nerds. About once a year, DC Comics partners with Hanna-Barbera in fun crossover episodes. Guess what I was assigned? Nightwing meets Magilla Gorrilla. A classic, really. You don’t want to know how many monkey puns were used in the writing of that review. It’s not that it was a bad comic (the two team up to solve a mystery together), it’s that I never thought I’d see my favorite hero paired up with a gorilla in a campy special. Nor did I imagine I’d have to write about it.

Baby Shark

This one takes the cake for the strangest topic I’ve ever had to write about, hands down. Yes, I wrote an article on viral sensation Baby Shark. 1000 words to be exact. It was for some random guy who claimed to have a music website and wanted to “keep up with the trends”.

For the record, I never watched the video up until this point, because I’m not a toddler. Let me tell you how thorough this piece was. I researched the origins of baby shark, explained the video in painfully vivid detail, and discussed it’s impact and legacy in pop culture. And I had that ‘baby shark doo-doo-doo-doo-doo’ song stuck in my head.

Moral of the Story

Expect the unexpected. A job is a job, no matter how odd. Us freelancers have to stay flexible, even if the topic comes out of left field. And believe or not, looking back on those articles still brings a smile to my face. So If someone asks you to write an article on the history of chocolate chip cookies, you should just shrug and say “Sure, why not? Whatever floats your boat.”

For my fellow freelancers out there, what are some strange orders you’ve been asked for? Talk to me in the comments.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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