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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

Rebecca L. Weber

Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world. If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you. Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself. Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

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    WCP155 Why your pitch is too long

    15:29

    “Is my pitch too long?” If you’re asking the question, the answer is probably yes.  The question you really need answered is not how long your pitch should be, but why your pitch is too long: You’ve generated a bunch of options without making choices about what’s most important and what to cut back on. You likely are leaving out some key components. This pitch may be any length, but the picture is blurry. You and the editor have a very clear sense of what the story will be, but you’ve gone way beyond what’s necessary (or efficient). You’re acting as if you have the assignment in hand, or as if you’re writing on spec. You haven’t done a proper copy edit. 10, 20, or 30% of your words can be trimmed to make the writing more concise. Without addressing #1, your pitches won’t be effective. Without addressing #2, your pitches won’t be efficient. Without addressing #3, your pitches won’t be ready for the editors at your dream publications.  MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Download my free guide on how to pitch and learn the 5 proven steps to writing pitches that sell: www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch Apply to join my small group coaching program: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com SHARE THE WRITING COACH PODCAST WITH OTHER WRITERS Subscribe and write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on Apple Podcasts. Share your podcast takeaways and tag Rebecca on Instagram: @freelancewriterbootcamp  WORK WITH ME Apply for the January 2022 session of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp. Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter.  Bootcamp alumni have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way. Let’s get started: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast155
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    WCP154 Change your mind

    18:09

    This week is the start of the year-end holiday season in the United States, which is associated with a lot of personal and professional stress. This episode looks at meditation as a concentration practice that can help you center yourself before writing. When I was a kid, an adult I trusted made some negative comments about meditation that stuck with me a long time. Even though I logically reject those comments now as being incorrect, I still sometimes remember them and think I may be judged for sharing my practice with anyone (let alone with the entire internet).  Ironically, meditation itself helped me become aware of the impact those comments had on me, and on deciding I wanted to change my mind about what that person had said. This week’s episode includes a short meditation at the end. MENTIONED ON TODAY’S EPISODE Jack Kornfield Tara Brach Sylvia Boorstein WCP 16 Freewriting for freelancers WCP 66: Reading and advice from Margaret Atwood WCP 122 Freelancing while sick SHARE THE WRITING COACH PODCAST WITH OTHER WRITERS Subscribe and write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on Apple Podcasts. Share your podcast takeaways and tag Rebecca on Instagram: @freelancewriterbootcamp  WORK WITH ME Apply for the January 2022 session of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp. Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter.  Bootcamp alumni have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way. Let’s get started: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast154
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    WCP153 Archives Vol. VIII, Pay me now

    25:24

    Freelancers often ask: How do I get a client to pay an invoice that’s past due? Instead of a how to on chasing payments, today we’re asking and answering a better question: How do you get clients to pay you on time in the first place? If you’ve had more than one late-paying client in the past few years, following the actions recommended in this episode can shake up the way you approach billing. I share some very practical things you can do straight away to break a cycle of late payments and improve your cash flow. You may find yourself resistant to invoicing sooner than you currently do. If that’s the case, it’s an indication that you expect clients to pay you late.  Follow my recommendations in this episode for a 90-day experiment to assess what happens when you’re not the one slowing down your own payments.  You can expect these things to happen:  1. You will experience discomfort when it’s time to invoice sooner. That’s what always happens when you step outside the familiar comfort zone. We can expect and anticipate that you’ll come up with some compelling reasons why not to do this. This doesn’t mean anything has gone wrong; it’s something to observe while sending the invoice out. 2. You will have zero pushback or negative response from your clients.  3. You will be paid more quickly by some of your clients. 4. You will establish or deepen your belief and expectation that you deserve to be paid promptly. Here’s a PDF that goes along with this episode. It recaps the steps I cover in the podcast, plus includes what to include in your invoice and what to do if the client doesn’t pay in 30 days. YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY A freelancer’s guide to timely payments PDF (companion for this episode) WCP Episode 11: Money and negotiation blocks Modern Journalist Toolkit 2: Getting paid electronically WCP 144 Archives Vol. V: What’s your (writing) problem? WCP 148 Archives Vol. VII: Company policies WCP 141 Decision making for financial growth WORK WITH ME: APPLY TO FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter in my small group coaching program: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com Alumni of Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. Click here to join the small group waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast149
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    WCP152 Cost of a new client

    21:04

    One of the best ways to start the new year strong is to finish this one strong as well. We want to make sure you're investing, rather than just spending time, money, and energy to get clients. When you are ready to get yourself a new assignment, do you factor in the prior investment you’ve already done to secure your existing clients? Or do you go out looking for a new client each time you need more work? As freelancers, we say we want anchor clients or regular retainers. But often we get caught up in the thrill of landing a new client, without reflecting on the actual amount of time, money, energy, focus, etc., required to secure that new relationship.  In today’s episode, we break down what it really looks like to pursue a sustainable strategy instead of relying on once-offs that eat up your finite resources. SHARE THE WRITING COACH PODCAST WITH OTHER WRITERS Subscribe and write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on Apple Podcasts. Share your podcast takeaways and tag Rebecca on Instagram: @freelancewriterbootcamp  WORK WITH ME Apply for the January 2022 session of my small group coaching program: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Bootcamp alumni have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way. Click here to get started: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast152
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    WCP 151 But, but, and

    14:27

    Today we are talking about goals. I’ve talked again and again about being aware of your potential obstacles when setting a goal. There are going to be challenges and so it’s important to plan on how to deal with those challenges.    When we’ve created an internal obstacle, we also have the power to shift it. It’s about changing your perspective, shifting your narrative, and managing your mindset. In this episode, I’ll teach you how you can shift your “but” to “and” and see how that one switch could really change things that will point you where your next action step is. MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE WCP 1: What’s your problem? WCP 20: Setting freelance writer goals WCP 32: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. II WCP 45: Setting freelance writer goals, Volume III WCP 59: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. IV WCP 97: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. V: Celebrations   Episode Quotes “If it is not outside of your comfort zone, it is probably not much of a goal.” “Changing your perspective to what happens next, that is what helps you get started.” “With a close mindset there are limited possibilities.” “The best solution is to do an honest solution.”   Listen to Learn 00:17 – Planning how to deal with challenges 02:20 – Rewriting your narrative – “You as the protagonist” 04:20 – Examples of changing your “but” to “and” 12:05 – Ways to start to gain more awareness WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE BOOTCAMP WAITLIST Join the waitlist for the next session of my small group coaching program AND get special access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way. Writers on the waitlist will be the first to hear when Bootcamp applications open up for early bird enrollment in the next session. Click here to join the small group waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com   More info and complete shownotes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast151
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    WCP150 Archives Vol. VII, Company policies

    18:44

    Establishing company policies might sound like it would create distance from freelance clients, but it does the opposite, especially with your ideal clients. Clear boundaries set a framework for clear expectations and positive work relationships and self care. If you know what you will and won’t do, it leads to better communication. On the other hand, a lack of boundaries breeds feelings and behavior that tend to be regressive and that distances us from clients.   I have a friend who’s a solopreneur with an online retail business. He does everything:  designed the website, selects merchandise for sale, goes to the post office to ship something, replies to customer service messages, etc., without any outsourcing. A customer asked him for something that he didn’t want to do. He wanted to say not but hesitated, as he thought the customer would perceive it as a personal slight. But saying, “It’s company policy” breathes some air into the situation. It’s not personal, it’s not about the client. Many freelancers feel put on the spot with certain requests. They didn't realize they had a boundary or limitation until the other person crosses it, and then they feel compelled to say yes.  As a freelancer, you may not think of yourself as a company, even if you are incorporated. It’s useful to think of work boundaries as company policies that your inner entrepreneur created for you. If somebody makes a request, you can say no on behalf of yourself as an individual, or on behalf of the writing business. In this week’s episode of the Writing Coach Podcast, we look at what policies you might consider, how to set them up, why to have them, and what to do if you notice that you're not actually following your own policies.  SHARE THE WRITING COACH PODCAST WITH OTHER WRITERS Subscribe and write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on Apple Podcasts. OR TAG ME WHILE SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA Follow me on Instagram: @freelancewriterbootcamp Follow me on Facebook: facebook.com/rebeccalweber Follow me on Twitter: @rebeccalweber Follow me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccalweber/ YOU MAY ALSO LIKE … Guide on how to pitch freelance articles WCP Episode 11: Money and negotiation blocks Deep work by Cal Newport WCP Bonus: Boost your bottom line as a freelance writer WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE BOOTCAMP WAITLIST Join the waitlist for the next session of my small group coaching program, and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open AND get special access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. Writers on the waitlist will be the first to hear when Bootcamp applications open up for early bird enrollment in the next session. Click here to join the small group waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast148
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    WCP Early bird applications for Bootcamp opening soon

    8:33

    Early bird invitations for Freelance Writer Bootcamp will be sent out soon. If you are keen to work with me in my small group coaching program, you’ll definitely want to register now and snag a juicy early bird bonus only for those writers on the waitlist. Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way. The next session begins in January 2022. We will have pods at two different times to accommodate freelancers all over the world so that you can get live coaching and live feedback in the pitch workshops. (Of course, all calls are recorded too.) Join the Freelance Writer Bootcamp waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com 
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    WCP149 Underrepresentation in journalism

    30:10

    Many groups have traditionally been underrepresented in journalism, both amongst staff and freelancers. Gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, age, and country of origin are factors in building a robust press. Today we focus on how writers in the so-called Global South may have less access to writing stories locally or globally. WORK WITH ME IN FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way. Apply for the Yolisa Qunta scholarship for Freelance Writer Bootcamp: www.rebeccalweber.com/scholarship  OR Join the Bootcamp waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com Follow me on Instagram: @FreelanceWriterBootcamp Request a copy of my free guide on how to pitch and join my email newsletter. More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast149
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    WCP Bonus Apply for the Yolisa Qunta Freelance Writer Bootcamp Scholarship

    15:53

    A full scholarship is available for the January session of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp.  The program focuses on helping writers improve their pitch acceptances rate, and to get paid well while covering stories that matter. If you identify as a person of color, are from the so-called Global South, identify as LGBTQI+, and/or identify with multiple groups that have historically been underrepresented in journalism, you are especially encouraged to apply.  This scholarship has been renamed in honor of Bootcamper Yolisa Qunta. She was a well-known and respected freelancer and author in Cape Town who died earlier this year. Yolisa exemplified the kind of writer friend we all want to have: smart, funny, generous, and supportive. I asked her family for permission to use her name and they agreed that it was a fitting memorial.  MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE Click here to apply for the full scholarship to my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp. The scholarship winner will receive lifetime access to all the core materials, live calls, bonuses, plus three private coaching sessions with me. www.rebeccalweber.com/scholarship  Read more about the Freelance Writer Bootcamp program and/or join the waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com  Request a copy of my free guide on how to pitch and join my email newsletter. WCP 70: Application opportunities WCP 102: Mother tongue with Beatriz Miranda, Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska, and Yolisa Qunta Bonus episode: Freelance Writer Bootcamp alumni discuss what the program’s really like
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    WCP 148 Who is the bad freelance friend?

    41:09

    Robert Kolker’s piece about two fiction writers brought up many issues that have counterpoints in the journalism and freelance worlds, including: idea ownership and development, sense of not belonging, competition and hierarchy amongst peers, white saviorism, and friendship. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Who is the bad art friend? Rebecca on Instagram: @freelancewriterbootcamp WCP 147 Enterprise stories with Ray Joseph Download my guide on how to pitch freelance articles and join my mailing list. WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE BOOTCAMP WAITLIST Join the waitlist for the next session of my small group coaching program, and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open AND get special access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast148

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