Want to get hired to write? You need to get in touch with people. I’ve talked about introducing yourself many times. However, when I’m chatting with writers, they seem to get hung up on: “what do I say?”
This article, “How-To Engage in Conversation With Influential People and Brands”, gives you some great advice.
He even tells you what to say:
First, you need a reason for reaching out to the given person. On the top of my head, these are reasons I’ve been reaching out to people lately:
- free marketing
- website / blog mentions
- link opportunities
- guest posting
- general queries and questions
Providentially, I wrote about “ratio thinking” on the Creativity Factory today – if you’re doing something and it works, do more of it.
Please don’t send out a single email, and expect it to work for you. Make a list of publications and companies, and create a little schedule for yourself. Next, think about what these publications and businesses need. Put yourself in their shoes — when you do that, you’ll become a six-figure writer.
Here’s why: the people you approach will be so shocked that you’re thinking about them, rather than about yourself and your needs, they’ll remember you. Chances are you’ll need to woo them for a while. I once wooed a magazine for nine months, before I finally became a monthly contributor. That gig lasted for 15 years.
People need writers. You need gigs. Think about what you want: if you’re persistent, you’ll get it.
Be persistent. You can and will get hired. 🙂
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