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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter Five

Pitch Perfect

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” — Howard H. Aiken

“If you’re not pitching, stop bitching” ― Rebecca Aguilar

“Walk on air against your better judgment.” — Seamus Heaney

The workshop I present most frequently at writers conferences is called “The Good, the Bad, and the Nightmare Query.” It usually begins with the following story—my own personal nightmare query experience. You’d be surprised how many editors have one (or several) of these under their belts.

Very early in my career, fueled by a steady stream of Hunter S. Thompson books and freelance writing ignorance, I had an idea: I wanted to write an epic review of a Jackie Chan ...

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