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After years of being asked how I've placed my pieces in major publications like The New York Times, Fortune, Quartz and Elle and across major TV networks, I decided it was time to put together a quick e-learning to share the knowledge.
My goal is to get more women's voices out there and that's why I tell you in this webinar:
What to pitch
Who to pitch
How to tailor your pitch to a publication
The importance of timing and persistence
Tips on writing
How to find an editor
How to follow up on a submission
The best ways to promote your piece for television and beyond
Which companies are good, which ones have a long way to go.
We all know maternity leave (and parental leave as a whole) in the US pales in comparison to the rest of the world. I usually scream when someone compares us to Sweden's amazing government funded leave package, and I usually cry when that person tells me in the same sentence, that the US's lack of leave funding is on par with Papua New Guinea. I'm nearly eight months pregnant with my second child - so my reactions are particularly visceral these days.
That said, maternity leave in the US isn't a total horror show. On the state and city level, strides are being made. I'm proud to be in New York where we introduced a parental leave package in January. (I won't be taking this package, but that's for another blog). San Francisco also has a leave law that's supplemental to the state package. And on top of state and city moves, we're also seeing more of the private sector invest in parental leave to retain employees.
I've pasted a partial chart The New York Times ran that breaks down company leave packages. The whole chart is here in an article that was written in response to Walmart and Starbucks extending their leave packages in January. A few PowerToFly partners are listed at the top of the chart, including Amazon (follow Amazon on PowerToFly to get updates on events, openings, more).
Read the chart carefully because there are still discrepancies between salaried and hourly works. Also, despite positive news that shows massive corporations recognize they need to invest in parents, we need to still remember that only twelve percent of the private sector provides paid leave.
Last Saturday night I had a nightmare. I went to LA for a business trip and I spent hours trying to find my ticket home only to realize that I had never booked it. I woke up in a cold sweat. Once I collected myself - with the help of copious amounts of coffee - I made a triage list to get me through the week.
I've written in this blog before about my productivity methods and the personality tests I took to understand what I needed. I use a journal called the "Productivity Planner" and I time my work in Pomodoro intervals. My goal is to break everything down into simple tasks. Last week, I stopped doing that and not only did I have a much lower productivity rate, but my subconscious started to get overwhelmed.
So my advice to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed is simple: break everything down into tasks and set a Pomodoro timer. Then wait to see if you have dreams about whether you bought your tickets home - you won't have them, at least not as often.