April 10, 2023
In this updated freelance writing tips blog post on magazine article pitch examples, I’m sharing the article pitch template I use in my emails when I pitch magazine editors and freelance clients article ideas. Here are some article pitch examples that worked after I sent them to editors, got their feedback on the pitch, and the final results that turned into successful freelance assignments.
Remember, after you review these magazine article pitch examples, here’s how to find an editor’s name to send your pitch to, and check out these reasons why an editor didn’t respond to your freelance pitch.
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Learn how to write freelance article pitches that work with the following article pitch examples. (Get more article pitch examples when you subscribe to my weekly freelance writing newsletter.)
SUBJECT LINE: Intro to experienced content marketing writer and magazine writer
EMAIL BODY COPY:
Hi [EDITOR NAME],
I hope this email finds you well. Congratulations to your team on the first-place win in the #ConV2X competition.
I wanted to introduce myself and inquire about whether Happify uses freelance writers. I’m a content marketing writer with an editorial background somewhat similar to yours at magazines and websites, writing for magazines, websites and content marketing clients since 2006. My focus has been on health, weight loss, and wellness but I particularly enjoy reading about and reporting on psychology topics.
My clients include Headspace, Nike, Oribe, Noom, Alex and Ani, Pfizer, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and more.
You can see what clients and editors have said about me on my clients page as well as samples of work on my website. I have also included a few relevant clips below.
I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully working with you in the near future.
Diana Kelly Levey
[INCLUDED RELEVANT CLIPS]
Why this freelance article pitch for a freelance client worked:
(PSST! You’ll get over 100 tips on why certain freelance pitches worked in my guide 20+ Freelance Pitches That Sold)
Thanks for reaching out! We do work with freelance writers, and I was impressed with your clips. We’re always looking for consumer-friendly articles that help our 3 million+ users improve their emotional health and well-being, whether that means dealing with loneliness, improving relationships, boosting self-compassion, sleeping better, or setting meaningful goals, among many other topics. What is your rate?
THE FREELANCE ARTICLE PITCH THAT GOT ASSIGNED
“Could CBT Solve Your Sleep Problems?”
A recent study on inmates found that completing just one hour of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-1) session was effective in preventing the development of chronic insomnia in 73 percent of prisoners. After one month of the treatment, the prisoners reported a reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Granted, you probably don’t have the same sleep stressors and life concerns a prisoner faces that may interfere with sleep, but that doesn’t mean the average adult should dismiss this therapy. A 2015 study had found that a one-hour cognitive behavioral therapy session led to a 60 percent reduction in insomnia symptoms in the general population.
I just finished editing a 100-page magazine on Sleep for a client and found that many sleep experts suggested CBT to help with a number of sleep issues besides insomnia, from helping seniors deal with sleep problems, to sleep apnea, people who have chronic pain and sleep, anxiety, and more.
I’d like to write an article covering how CBT may be the answer to readers’ sleep problems and how it can improve their overall mental health.
Why this freelance article pitch worked:
Great to hear from you! We actually use a fair number of CBT exercises in our 4-week sleep track on Happify, and you’re right, there’s a great deal of research around CBT as an effective way to treat insomnia as well as occasional sleep problems. Let’s explore this one further!
Would 12/18 work as a deadline?
FINAL LIVE ARTICLE:
Could CBT Solve Your Sleep Problems?
“I can’t thank you enough for getting me on the right track with regard to pitching, specifically within my niche. In the past, I’ve purchased books on writing query letters and LOIs, subscribed to newsletters, online communities and classes, and read about pitching in general, but nothing clicked. However, since I began following you and subscribed to your newsletter in these past few weeks, it all clicked. The way you present, explain the hows and why’s, teach, and share actual templates, your method makes all the difference! Just know that you’re the QUEEN of your craft!” -Arnita Williams, customer who purchased a PDF pitch packet
Customers who’ve used the freelance article pitch examples in my pitching PDF and the principles behind them have gone on to write for Glamour, Women’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Well + Good, Food Network, Equinox, Oxygen, and more.
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This freelance writer’s process for writing an article pitch that editors want to read and assign includes these components:
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Email Diana about opportunities: Diana(at)DianaKelly.com.