Chapter 9 Writing Exercises

1.Choose one of these three mock-up job postings and create a pitch that you would send to them.

  • We’re a fast-paced hybrid marketing firm that specializes in B2B and SaaS content for our various high-profile clients around the world. We’re looking to add a great content writer to our team to work closely with our editors. Must have own computer and reliable internet. Must be available Mon-Fri during EST office hours. Candidates would preferably have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in something writing-related. Rates will be discussed and determined based on experience and skill level. Please send a resume, CV, and detailed pitch explaining why you are the best fit for the job. Also, provide relevant work samples, if possible.
  • Home gardening and DIY site looking for a writer with a background in gardening (whether professional or hobbyist). Need someone who can tackle about 5000 words per week. I’ll provide the topics and detailed briefs. Articles are due every Friday, and payment is made biweekly via PayPal. Hoping to find someone who demonstrates a decent command over the English language but also brings a personal touch to their work. Payment is $0.03/word, but willing to negotiate a higher rate for someone with proven experience. Please send your pitch and 2-3 previous work examples to the email provided. If you don’t have previous work samples, that’s okay! All skill levels are welcome to apply. Just tell me some gardening facts you know.
  • We’re a popular fashion and lifestyle magazine looking for a content writer to help craft regular email and marketing copy, social media content, and blog posts for 6-8 months. You’ll work closely with our managing editor and content manager. Writers are expected to attend weekly Zoom meetings (paid) and should be able to work in Canada and the US. This is a 100% remote position on a contract basis, with the option to renew at the end of the term. Payment is $.08/word or $50/hour. Please send your resume and a pitch to [email protected] and let us know your preferred rate.

2.Create a pitch for three companies you would love to write for.

Please note that this exercise is not graded; it is intended purely for practice and self-improvement.