Want to be your editor’s favorite writer?

Writers of any kind face one common check to getting published: an editor. You have no idea whether they’ll approve your pitch, enjoy your writing or preserve your piece as remotely what you wanted it to be.

What are editors thinking?

I’m going to tell you.

Notes is a selection of pet peeves, warnings, advice, secrets and pro-tips for pitching, writing and — above all — keeping editors happy.

I’m here to help you become your editor’s favorite writer.

Plus, you can opt in to get exclusive Field Notes — stories, tips and resources to be a happy and healthy freelancer.

What I’m about

Notes is written by me — Dana Sitar.

I’m teaching everyone how to write (well).

Because writing is how we communicate, how we work, how we learn and — for people like you and me — how we make sense of who we are.

I live for conversations about writing.

I’ve taught journalists, writers and editors how to make content for the web (my sweet spot) through ACES: The Society for Editors, the National Association for Independent Writers & Editors, Utah Valley University, online courses and private trainings. I’ve worked with writers since 2011, from personal bloggers to digital media companies, shaping articles that reach millions of readers.

I’ve been published by the New York Times, Slate, HuffPost, a column for Inc. Magazine, Poynter Media Institute, and dozens of writing and content marketing blogs.

Notes is the inevitable result of my years of editing and teaching writers. It’s all the stuff I — and my fellow editors, whom I’ve tapped to contribute their tips and gripes — wish every writer knew before pitching or submitting a piece.

Why consider a paid subscription?

When you sign up for free, you’ll get the monthly Notes newsletter, and I’ll send you a copy of my guide, How to Write Anything (Well): The One Rule about Writing You Should Have Learned in School but Probably Didn’t.

That’s a solid value, and I give it away free because the power of good writing belongs to everyone.

To support the newsletter, you can chip in $7 a month (or $70 a year), and you’ll also get subscriber-only Field Notes — stories, tips and resources to be a happy and healthy freelancer. These are more personal nuggets from my daily experiences on the job (i.e. my couch), because you and I both know thriving as a writer is about way more than getting your copy tight.

Can’t afford it right now? I get it. For my first five years writing full time, I earned about $12,000 a year, and it was tough. We do wacky things for our dreams. If you’re a freelancer without discretionary income, and your life and career will be better with Field Notes in it, email me about a sponsored subscription. No need to make your case — just ask :)

If you’ve made it to the other side of that hustle and want to support fellow writers, sponsor a subscription or gift a subscription to someone you know.

TL;DR: What you get when you sign up

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