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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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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

    WCP125 Flexible deadlines

    WCP125 Flexible deadlines

    When an editor wants you to do a piece but leaves the deadline up to you, your initial reaction may be: Great. I’ve got work lined up and I don’t have to work on it yet. It can be quite liberating if you’re used to working under tight deadlines and a lot of pressure.
    But somewhere along the way, things turn. You still don’t have a deadline, but now you can’t believe you haven’t gotten it done. The relief has morphed into pressure.
    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    WCP 7: Procrastinate later
    WCP 120 Priority power
    WCP 103: Urgency
    WCP 13: Setting freelance boundaries and company policies
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    Throw a dance party: Under Pressure

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    DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE ON HOW TO PITCH
    5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell
    More info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast125

    • 9 min
    WCP124 3-minute marketing makeover

    WCP124 3-minute marketing makeover

    Do you hate marketing because it always takes too long and never winds up in front of the right people? Today we’re challenging that with a quick makeover of that humble marketing workhorse, your email signature. It’s such a fast and easy way to demonstrate to your clients (current and potential) that your communications are always concise and thoughtful.
    Plus, unlike most makeovers, you’re not going to wind up with some tricky hairstyle that you’re never able to replicate. Once you make these changes, everyone will see the new, improved version.

    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    Three-minute marketing makeover blog post

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    Please let other writers know why you listen and what they’ll get out of tuning in. Your reviews help support the longevity of this podcast. Click here to write a review on Apple Podcasts.

    DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE ON HOW TO PITCH
    5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell
    More info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast124

    • 16 min
    WCP123 Why you don’t followup

    WCP123 Why you don’t followup

    This episode isn’t a breakdown of why followups should be a part of your routine. Scheduling followups is so quick, easy, cheap, and effective, that NOT doing them basically means turning your back on multiple assignments, clients, and ultimately the growth of your freelance career.
    Instead, let’s focus on the hesitation, second guessing, and outright avoidance of following up.
    We’ll cover how to:
    -Recognize and debunk surface-level reasons for not following up, like “Editors get back to the writer after the first pitch if they’re interested.”
    -Notice when the fear of failure and/or of success holds you back.
    -Choose to focus on facts rather than fantasies, and growth over short-term relief.

    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    WCP 89: Annoying pitches
    WCP 42: Writers and imposter syndrome
    WCP 119 I want to, I want to not
    WCP 53: Rejection

    WORK WITH ME PRIVATELY
    Private coaching is for the writer who wants a personalized agenda and transformative breakthroughs. You’ll experience new clarity about what’s been holding you back and choose new patterns of thinking and behavior to propel you forward toward your goals.
    Results my private clients have achieved while working with me include: increasing confidence, breaking into dream publications, dropping pain-in-the-butt/low paying clients, increasing rates and income, starting/finishing personal projects, getting their writing mojo back, and enjoying their own definition of freelance writing success.
    Click here for a private coaching consultation: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    MASTER THE ART OF THE PITCH
    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 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 apply: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast123

    • 13 min
    WCP122: Freelancing while sick

    WCP122: Freelancing while sick

    For many freelancers, when you get sick it becomes a question of finding hours or days when you’re able to push yourself to get things done vs. not getting paid, rather than taking actual time off.
    Today I’m talking about my own experience contracting coronavirus, and discussing how to care for yourself and your freelance writing business when you get sick in general.
    We look at getting rest, saying no, prioritizing, and transitioning back to full days while respecting your limitations.
    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    WCP 13 Setting freelance boundaries and company policies
    WCP 112 Fifteen minutes of focus
    WCP 79 Covering coronavirus
    WCP 80 Freelancing in the time of coronavirus
    Resources for freelance writers during the coronavirus pandemic

    WORK WITH ME TO MASTER THE ART OF THE PITCH
    Small group coaching program: Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Click here to apply: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast122

    • 28 min
    WCP121 Mission: Accomplished

    WCP121 Mission: Accomplished

    Who gets to decide if you’re accomplished or not?
    Is there somebody actually keeping score?
    Often one of the motivating reasons we set a goal is to feel accomplished. That can be a real challenge if it’s an emotion that’s unfamiliar to you.
    If you have a strong habit of naysaying what you do and repeatedly telling yourself that you’re not accomplished (yet/enough), reaching external milestones is unlikely to undo your habitual or default thoughts.
    Let’s examine how you’re defining accomplishment for yourself and how to create more of it.

    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    WCP1 What’s your (writing) problem?

    WORK WITH ME TO MASTER THE ART OF THE PITCH
    Small group coaching program: Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Click here to apply: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

    More info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast121

    • 23 min
    WCP120 Priority power

    WCP120 Priority power

    Today’s episode continues where we left off last week, looking at the distinction between desire and commitment. You’ve decided to step out of the energy suck of both wanting and not wanting something, and shift into prioritization.
    Listen into how one of the writers I coach figured out how to prioritize time for writing and sending pitches. The actions themselves seem simple, but only after first clearing up the flawed thinking and emotional resistance she had about making it a priority.
    When you embrace the power of priority in your writing life, it will seem like your time and self management start to shape shift.
    BTW, after I recorded this episode this same writer sent out a pitch and had it assigned within a couple of days, at a higher rate than she normally earns.

    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    WCP119 I Want to, I want to not

    WORK WITH ME
    Small group coaching program: Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Click here to apply for Freelance Writer Bootcamp: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    Private coaching
    Private coaching is for the writer who wants a personalized agenda and transformative breakthroughs. You will experience new clarity about what’s been holding you back and choose new patterns of thinking and behavior to propel you forward toward your goals.
    I work with new coaching clients by application only. Click here to apply for private coaching: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    More info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast120

    • 16 min

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