When it comes to sources, start out by playing by the rules, and if that doesn’t get you what you need, break them.
This installment of the weekly freelance writing advice column deals with disgruntled sources: is it better to tell your editor, or handle it yourself?
You had the idea, wrote the query, got the assignment, negotiated the contract, worked out a deadline and did the research. Now all that’s left is interviewing the source. What’s that, the source won’t answer your email or phone calls? Don’t they realize what you’ve had to do to get this far? Unfortunately, just because [...]
When people find out I work as a freelance writer they inevitable ask, where do you get your story ideas? It’s a simple question, but not a simple answer. The fact is, I get ideas for stories everywhere, too many places to explain in a quick soundbite for a new acquaintance. During any given week, [...]
If you’ve been in the freelance business long, you’ve accumulated a pretty hefty source list. How do you keep track of all those names? When I was a newspaper reporter, I used the simplest method possible. I created one text file for each subject I covered and made a running list. When I was feeling [...]