What's Luck Go to Do With Landing a Freelance Writing Job?


I often tell people that getting work as a freelance writer is partly a numbers game. When I make that statement, I don’t mean to imply that getting hired is a matter of luck, as opposed to using one’s job search skills to make it happen. What I mean to say is that if you keep on pitching potential clients, sending out queries, and responding to ads, you will greatly increase your chances of being hired (and working steadily).

When you are sending out multiple applications, queries, and pitches and not getting the level of positive response you are hoping for, you may be tempted to stop trying. I’ve heard more than once that you might get a response back for every 10 contacts you make. I don’t know if that’s entirely accurate; I’ve lost count of the opportunities that I’ve applied for and didn’t get.

Here’s what I would like to suggest instead of pulling back from your efforts to find freelance writing jobs: do a little bit more. Apply to one more ad than you normally do each day. Pitch one more potential client or send out one more query. If you do this every weekday for a year, you have put your name in front of 260 more potential clients than you have been. Chances are very good that you will hear back from some of them and your work load (and income) will increase accordingly.

This is a strategy that doesn’t involve making a big change or a huge chunk of time out of your schedule. Making a small change can improve your business for the better. And luck has nothing to do with it.


  1. says


    I just pictured myself sitting here applying to jobs surrounded by horeshoes and lucky clovers.

    Nothing it’s hard work and determination that will make the difference.

    Great post. Thanks.

  2. Kendra says

    I think “luck” has something to do with it, as in “right place, right time.”

    Speaking of which, this post couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve sent out more resumes, queries, etc. in the past few weeks than I care to remember and have received NO bites (unusual for me). I so badly want to give up. But I won’t.

  3. says

    Well Kendra may be right. Luck probably does have something to do with it. But… who was it who said that the harder I work, the lucker I get? If you are consistently putting out of lot of queries or applications or the like you WILL get lucky. But is it luck then or hard work… I am not sure it matters.

  4. Connie says

    Luck = Preparation + Opportunity


    Also, if you’re sending out many queries and not getting anything back, it may be time to re-evaluate your resume and cover letter.

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