As an experienced writing coach and teacher, I can help you identify goals, research markets and editors, write queries that sell, report stories, and edit your own work. We’ll also address any blocks, fears, and other limiting beliefs holding you back.
Private coaching sessions are conducted via Skype, phone, or in person over coffee, for about 45 minutes. Here’s an idea of what we can focus on and accomplish in one coaching session:
- Goal-setting for writers. If you’ve done the self-paced Goal-Setting Challenge for Writers, this is the next step. Expect to discover new clarity about what you really want to achieve, and to identify steps to help you reach your unique definition of writing success. (If we haven’t worked together before, this will normally be our first session.)
- Pitching intensive. You submit 1-3 pitches in progress ahead of time, and together we get them ready to send to the editors at your dream publications. Don’t be surprised if, in addition, we brainstorm lots of sharp new angles for related pitches as well.
- Editor in your corner. You send me a draft of one article (up to 1000 words). When you freelance, an editor may send your piece back for edits, but will rarely take the time to help you improve as a writer and editor over all. We’ll do that in addition to getting your story ready for publication. Expect an immediate confidence boost once you understand the how and why of edits, not just the what.
+Single session: $125
Perfect for those with a very focused need and/or for returning clients who need a booster.
+Six-pack: $599. Save a hundred and twenty-five bucks.
For hungry writers who are seriously motivated (or who seriously need some motivation) to reach their goals.
+Baker’s dozen: $1299. Save two hundred dollars, plus get a 13th session free.
Signature package for those who are ready to commit to long-term progress as a successful freelance writer.
+Special Southern African rate: R450 per session
I work with three South African writers at a local rate. Let me know if you would like me to put you on the waiting list, or if you want to get started now, you can pay the regular global rate.
+Freelance Writer Bootcamp
My ecourse for those who prefer six weeks of prerecorded modules plus live group sessions. Learn to write pitches that sell, break into your dream publications, and get paid well to cover stories you’re passionate about. Find out more and register at FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com.
All sessions need to be paid in advance. Once you complete the payment process, you’ll receive an email with instructions about scheduling. To get started, select your package here:
Here’s what writers who work with me (either in private one-on-one coaching sessions or in my pitching course) have to say:
“Rebecca has spent years fine-tuning her freelancing strategy—learning from her let me leverage that hard-won experience to leap ahead in my own career. Her short course on crafting and tracking pitches helped me publish in the Guardian and two new-to-me national magazines. Plus, her feedback on drafts is extremely helpful.” — Morgan Trimble, South Africa
“After months of pitching national magazines with no success, I decided to call on Rebecca to advise me on a pitch for my dream publication: Runner’s World. Thanks to her help, I landed that assignment, and continue to write for Runner’s World now!” — Lauren Bedosky, USA
“Lots of benefits, including how to work more efficiently. I feel more motivated and confident as a result.” — Jennifer Hudson, UK
“I have had very good results with this program. I stuck with it for the full six weeks and worked at the pace you suggested. I am a busy mom, work part-time and am trying to launch my freelance writing. But I was able to view the videos, complete the assignments and attend the calls. I landed a well-paying assignment with my first query. It almost paid off the cost of your course. I immediately felt good about my investment.” — Meg Root, USA
“I’m thrilled to feel so empowered and hopeful for a more profitable and exciting writing career. I gained confidence and clarity. I learned a thoughtful process that I didn’t know existed. I will always ask for more money and I know my rights better than ever! Your system is simple, easy and invaluable. The course is brilliant!” — Marta Lane, USA
“I feel much more confident about being able to pitch a publication as a professional writer. I also have a full plan of next steps in terms of building my contact list and setting income goals, which was quite helpful. Many of these practices are as useful for my content marketing work as for trying to pitch individual articles. I also have more focus. I particularly enjoyed the live calls where I could watch others think through the pitching process. I loved the Bootcamp!” — Laura Schmidt, USA
“My first freelance piece was published today! Thank you Rebecca L. Weber for encouraging me to focus on the ‘why now’ because it really helped. Throughout my travels this year, I plan to be pitching many more of these kinds of pieces so I’m hoping it’s just the beginning of a good relationship with the publication.” — Brianne Nemiroff, USA
“I was very excited and prepared to work very hard in the beginning, as Rebecca expects real results after every meeting. It is, however, like everything else in life, harder to keep it up than starting it. The trick is not to get discouraged, which Rebecca also addresses in her course. The course was filled with nuggets of gold. It is a daunting process to submit freelance writing, and everyone needs all the help they can get from an experienced specialist like Rebecca.” — Elsabe Pepler, South Africa
Real writers, getting real results.
Q: Who benefits from writing coaching?
A: Writers with short- and long-term goals, including:
- students who want to stand out to potential employers after graduation;
- aspiring writers, including generalists and those with advanced subject area expertise;
- mid-career journalists, such as former staffers who need help with pitching/marketing/business of freelancing;
- freelancers who want guided assistance to break through a challenging story/market/genre
Q: What qualifies you as a writing coach?
A: Two things set me apart: First, I have a solid track record of professional writing success as a freelancer. For more than a decade, I’ve worked full-time as a freelance journalist, content producer, and editor.
I’ve pitched and sold unsolicited story ideas to editors at publications including CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Marie Claire, and many others.
In addition, I’m a qualified and experienced writing instructor, with an MA in Education from Columbia University and years of experience teaching writing to adults. Not everyone has the same learning style, and it’s a key part of my role to figure out how to best communicate with you, not at you.
Q: How would you describe your coaching style?
A: My pedagogical philosophy is learner-centered. While I do sometimes give specific instruction about how to approach a particular task, much of our time will be geared toward helping you discover the best ways to approach challenges in a manner that allows you to subsequently apply new knowledge and understanding in the future.
My approach focuses on positive, constructive collaboration to help you realize your goals.
Q: What kind of challenges do you help with?
A: During our session, you may ask me anything about freelancing and writing, including feedback on a draft or pitches in progress.
Whether you are relatively new to writing, an experienced staffer transitioning to freelancing full time, or looking to bring your career to the next level, I can help with most issues, including:
+Selling yourself and your stories
You have an idea, but need help developing, polishing, and pitching a salable story to the right editor.
- Brainstorming and shaping ideas
- Identifying markets for your work
- Structuring elements of a query
- Pitching story ideas to editors (locally, nationally, and internationally)
+Delivering high-quality work
Do you hit stumbling blocks with reporting, research, writing, and/or editing? I’ll help you deliver your best work.
- Research and reporting skills, including interviews
- Editing your own work
- Developing your style and voice
+Developing as a freelancer
Strategies for success in the business of freelancing.
- Setting goals
- Establishing work habits
- Pricing your work
- Marketing yourself
- Negotiating terms
- Becoming your client’s go-to freelancer
- Establishing a new specialty
- Assessing and improving your strengths and weaknesses
- Sending letters of introduction
- Other related writing and freelancing skills
Q: Where and when does this happen? How long is a session?
A: Sessions are conducted via Skype, phone, or in person over coffee, at a mutually convenient time. We speak for about 45 minutes per session; any clarifying questions can be asked by email.
Q: What else do you offer?
A: To find about special offers and classes in the future, subscribe to my e-newsletter.
Q: My question wasn’t answered, but I want to know more.
A: Send me an email.
Q. I’m in! How do we get started?
A. That’s great! Please make payment for your sessions above, and then you will receive a link to schedule your preferred times.