Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #40 With Susan Shain - Craft Your Content
Susan Shain

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #40 With Susan Shain

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Susan Shain is a freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and personal finance. Her work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, CNN Travel, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and on NPR’s website, among others. After realizing that working in a corporate environment in public relations or consulting was not the life she wanted, she sought out a number of seasonal jobs (for about six years) that took her on a journey around the planet again and again. And she documented the whole experience on her old travel blogging site, Travel Junkette.

Susan worked for a couple years as a Senior Writer at The Penny Hoarder, considered to be one of the fastest growing media companies in the U.S. But the pull of the road and freelancing was too much, and she set back out on her own, eventually starting the website WheretoPitch.com, which helps other writers and freelancers identify different publications and outlets that might be a good fit for their pitches and submissions. Additionally, she publishes a monthly newsletter with the hottest submission opportunities on the web and released her first book, The Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Jobs, last year.

What You’ll Learn About Writing This Week:

  • Tips on how to land a pitch at your dream publication
  • How luck and persistence can help you get your start as a freelance writer
  • The importance of getting out of your own way
  • Finding a niche that you like, but also finding one that can pay your bills
  • Striking a balance between content marketing and journalism gigs
  • Managing your time (daily, weekly, and monthly) as a professional writer
  • Remembering that people want to say “yes” to your pitches and submissions; you just need to give them a reason to say “yes”

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About the Author Elisa Doucette

Elisa Doucette is a freelance writer and editor who currently travels the world looking for great stories to live, interesting tales to share, and new ways to make words sexy. She has worked for over a decade creating compelling content and writing for various businesses and publications, including her popular column on Forbes called Shattering Glass. She is the Founder and Executive Editor here at Craft Your Content.

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