Training Courses

Pitching Ideas and Getting Commissions

One Day Course

Overview

As all experienced freelance journalists know, coming up with a great idea and writing an interesting article is only half the battle. Unless you know how to sell your ideas even the most brilliant work can end up unused.

Understanding who will be interested in your story and what will make your idea attractive will drastically increase the number of commissions you receive.

This one day course will teach you how to sell your ideas by phone and by email and who to pitch them to in order to get commissions. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £599 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Understanding who will be interested in a story and what makes an idea attractive to a publication
    • How to sum up your skills and experience
    • How to develop ideas tailored to different magazines and publications

    Who to pitch your ideas to
    • Deciding which Editors to approach
    • Tailoring your pitch to different Editors

    How to pitch your ideas
    • Selling your idea by phone
    • Selling your idea by email
    • How to 'blanket' pitch

    Pitching your ideas by phone
    • Creating a good contact list
    • Deciding who to contact
    • What to say and what not to say
  • Pitching your ideas by email
    • Who should you approach for commissions?
    • Capturing the Editor's interest
    • Condensing your story idea into a succinct interesting email
    • Writing attention grabbing headlines

    Structuring a proposal
    • How much information to include?
    • Making sure your proposal is read

    Following up your initial pitch
    • When to follow up a proposal
    • How to follow up a proposal
    • What to say to an Editor
    • Turning rejections into useful constructive feedback

    Building relationships
    • Creating a mutually beneficial relationship with an Editor

    Questions and answers
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Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

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We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed18952
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

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