Noah Davis on the two elements of a successful pitch

Noah Davis has written for The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Verge, The Awl, Men’s Fitness…

“You should be paid for your work—don’t forget that that’s a goal—but writing for free isn’t the worst thing in the world as long as there’s a benefit.”

Jackie Lam

Jackie Lam on becoming a full-time freelancer

Jackie Lam has written for Mental Floss, Investopedia, Forbes, Frommers, Business Insider, and more.

“Having a decent emergency savings and building a tribe, a strong support network of fellow freelancer writers, has been everything.”

Juli Fraga on pitching publications and editors

Dr. Juli Fraga is a San Francisco-based psychologist and health writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Quartz.

“Rejections can be disappointing, but I don’t take them personally. It’s part of the process.”