Most writers have so many story ideas collecting dust on post it notes and in their head. But do you sometimes come across a great idea, scribble it down and forget about it? Or do you struggle to remember who you’ve pitched, and fail to follow up with editors? If so, a proper system will organise your ideas and help you get more pitches over the line. And that’s where our pitch tracker comes in.
This user-friendly Excel spreadsheet is a great way to keep track of all your pitches, from idea stage to filing stage. Interactive graphs show how many pitches you’ve sold and how many you need to follow up on. You can also jot down feedback you’ve received on a pitch and re-pitch it for a new client or publication.
Easily one of our most popular downloads, the pitch tracker guarantees you’ll never let a great story idea go to waste again. Now available in our discounted Pitch Perfect freelancer bundle!
This tool is compatible with Microsoft Excel and Google Chrome’s free Excel extension.
Extra resources when pitching stories
If you’re often pitching to editors and clients, don’t forget to take a look at the blog posts we’ve written on pitching. These are just a few that’ll get you in the mood to start hitting up editors and filling in your pitch tracker with brilliant ideas.
How to pitch (and get a yes)
No-one ever teaches you how to pitch, and editors rarely have the time to give you feedback. But I can tell you how powerful the joy of getting a great pitch is. When you get one, not only do you commission (or plan to commission) straight away. You will frequently find more work for that writer from your own pool of ideas, because you think, ‘This person gets what we’re doing’. So I thought I’d compile a list of do’s and don’ts for pitching to editors. Mainly because it’s in my interests as an editor to get great story pitches—it saves me from having to generate ideas.
My top 8 rules for pitching
Pitching is a bit of an art, no matter which corner of the creative world you’re in. Every pitch I send, I learn something. Sometimes an editor will write back and re-angle an idea of mine in a genius way I just didn’t think of, but can file away for next time. Some of my pitches are bought immediately, other stories I think are awesome never get traction. It’s a gamble. But here are my rules for getting the green light more often than not.
10 ways to generate story ideas
It’s mentally taxing to come up with ideas that will be rejected. So I’ve laid out these ten way of coming up with stories to take a bit of that cognitive load off. Following them won’t give you a list of stories that will definitely be commissioned. But it will make it easier to come up with multiple ideas and do so regularly.