I’ve been writing about games for a while now, but just for a site I run with friends here.
That being said, I want to start the hunt of pitching to outlets. I’ve sent a few out, but have never heard back. While I don’t take it personally by any means, editors are inundated by pitches every day, it’s something I want to learn how to do better. So here’s an open forum for prospective freelancers, and people that have been published, to help each other. A few questions to kick it off:
After sending a pitch, what is an appropriate amount of time to wait to send it to another outlet, or use on your own blog? I would assume it’s courteous to shoot a message in-line with the original pitch email to notify them that you’re doing so.
In your experience, is it better to start small? Would a site like Waypoint, for example, only take seriously those that have been published elsewhere?
Aside from following pitch guidelines per the outlet (pitch deck, deadline, etc.) are there any other useful tips?
Would anybody who’s been published be up to critique a pitch I’ve sent in the past if I DM it to you?