So, So Not Condoned: An Unorthodox Way Of Getting Your Pitches Seen

WTF? Chalk this one up to Recession Marketing, too…a tipster sent us this pitch e-mail, which was originally sent from a freelance writer to his (her?) editors. Just read the dang thing, you wouldn’t believe what was in it if we told you.

Hey XXX,

How have you been?

I wanted to tell you about something new I’m doing that I think you’re really going to enjoy.

In the past couple of weeks, I kicked a few projects off my plate so I would have more time to devote to freelance writing. Now that my schedule is more open than ever, I’m going to start to be able to handle more assignments than I’ve typically been able to.

So I’ve decided to have a contest, with a really, really good prize to kick things off.

What’s the prize?

*A round-trip ticket anywhere in the world!*


*$500 to the cause/charity of your choice!*

The rules are simple: the editor who assigns the most stories to me between now and December wins. Right now, winning is incredibly easy, too.
Currently, my top editor assigns a mere 3 stories to me per quarter, which means if you assigned two stories to me per month between now and
December, you’d practically be guaranteed to win.

If you don’t have that many assignments to offer, referrals work, too. Every referral you send me that results in an assignment will also count towards your total. How cool is that!

And if you don’t like to travel, I’ve got an alternative prize on the table:

*A year’s supply of Starbucks*
(Plus, the $500 to the cause/charity of your choice!)

I’m not sure how long I’m going to do this. All I know for sure is that someone will win in December (and be on their way to any destination in the world, or on their way to Starbucks every day), and after that, I’ll play it by ear.

On the second week in December (by Friday, the 11th), I’ll announce the winner.

I think this will be fun! I’m looking forward to it. Are you?

If you have a story you want to assign, I’d love to hear about it!


We repeat:

say whaaat?