Getting story ideas straight to your dashboard is easy with Ebyline’s Pitch Board. You can solicit queries from all of our 2,000+ freelancers, reporters on a specific beat or just your favorites. Here are a few things to keep in mind when posting a proposal that will ensure you get story ideas you can use:
- Be as specific as you can
Whenever possible cite the topic, geographical location, word length and turnaround time. Citing the section of your publication or website (e.g. Sunday travel section) will allow freelancers to research the types of stories you typically publish before pitching you.
- Set fees at the high end of your range to start
This will ensure that top freelancers respond to your request. You are always free to accept, reject or ignore freelancer pitches but getting more pitches from more freelancers will help you get a sense of whom you’d like to work with.
- Respond to pitches promptly
Freelancers typically work for multiple publishers and try to be efficient with their time. If a publisher isn’t interested in a story they’re working on, they’ll try to find someone else who is. If you like an idea, get in touch with the journalist within a few days.
- Give freelancers sufficient time to respond to and complete assignments
Plan your editorial calendar to allow as much time as possible for your freelancers to complete assignments. Freelancers typically juggle multiple assignments at once, so allowing for more lead time enables them to plan ahead and submit their highest quality work, not a rushed job.
Example Pitch Board Proposal:
We're looking for a dynamic writer with a background in marketing and/or social media to create a 4-5 page (approx. 2,000 words) guide for small and medium-sized businesses on how to get the most out of YouTube marketing. The guide will appear on Skadeedle.com, a marketing how-to site for business owners.
Interviewing 1-3 small businesses is required and should cover: why to use YouTube, how to get started, how to get content seen and shared and using analytics to measure what's working.