What do you do when you live in the wrong market?

Hello, I'm a freelance writer and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Trying to grow as a long-form editorial writer here is challenging. While there are ample opportunities for copywriters, there aren't as much for longer pieces. My experience is rooted in playful blogging and longer, researched pieces. Though I am sure that I can handle writing copy, it is a difficult industry to break into, without a few years of in-house, agency experience.

For personal reasons, I'm not able to leave the Bay Area at the moment. Everyone keeps advising me that it is totally doable to connect with publications elsewhere, as this is the digital age, but I'm finding it difficult. I have tried the blind pitch approach, and while that's alright, what I need is are a handful of clients, with stable work. There is also the potential to be a freelance content strategist to companies, however, all the ads I see request full-time strategists. Anyone have any advice on how I can approach this? Are there tactics I'm not thinking of?

  • I think making inroads digitally is still hard. People trust folks they meet in person more and that means they will hire folks they meet in person more often. Are there any conferences in the Bay Area that bring in people from around the country?

    Is it possible for you to build a larger following on your blog? Having an audience may help you guest write on some larger publications (e.g. Forbes) which can help you get gigs at other publications.

  • Hi Samiat, I know many people who are having major success gaining clients by live streaming using Facebook Live, Youtube and now Periscope. Periscope is very interesting and a good way to develop an onlline following.

  • I think making inroads digitally is still hard. People trust folks they meet in person more and that means they will hire folks they meet in person more often. Are there any conferences in the Bay Area that bring in people from around the country?

    Is it possible for you to build a larger following on your blog? Having an audience may help you guest write on some larger publications (e.g. Forbes) which can help you get gigs at other publications.

  • Hi Samiat, I know many people who are having major success gaining clients by live streaming using Facebook Live, Youtube and now Periscope. Periscope is very interesting and a good way to develop an onlline following.