The history behind a minute Simpsons reference

“Kippers for breakfast, Helga? Is it St. Swithin’s Day already?”

Though I first saw The Simpsons episode “Bart of Darkness” when I was 9, Bart’s cockney accented request has stayed with me for the past 27 years. …

It’s not as bad as you think.

Writers have active imaginations (obviously). And those imaginations get quite a workout after they send an article pitch to an editor. When you send in a pitch, it’s easy to imagine the worst. …

Did “Orinoco Flow” need a sax solo? No.

Right now, Enya is probably sitting in her literal castle in Ireland, gazing thoughtfully at the clouds and composing another soothing melody in her mind. …

How constant worry was more harmful to my writing life than send a few crappy pitches.

When you first start freelance writing, pitching is scary. You have to reach out to strangers and those strangers are in charge of bylines, money, and validation of your writing career. …

I’m Going to Write for the New York Times: Chapter 6

This is an ongoing column about my quest to write for the New York Times. If you’d like to know the background behind why I’m doing this, check out the first installment of the series.

My life has always…

Anyone can pitch any publication and it’s not annoying.

When I started freelance writing, I never considered pitching publications directly.

“Why would Real Simple want to hear from me? I’d just be annoying them!” I thought.

So, I kept writing for small places, responding to ads, and assumed that people…

The internet is full of places where you can get paid to write.

“I love to write but I hate getting paid!” is something I’ve never heard anyone say.

More likely you’ve thought, “I love to write, but don’t know how to get paid/I’m tired of getting paid Dickensian prices.”

A reminder that even if you’re not financially perfect…you’ll still be okay.

Since I was 19, I’ve had at least two jobs at once. Since those jobs involved, acting, writing, and other random 1099 tasks, my taxes have been difficult for 16 years.

I’d love to say I’ve learned a…

It’s the easiest email you’ll ever write.

For freelance writers, pitching is super important. It’s how you get new clients, place new stories, and basically, get work.

But the pitch is just the first step. It’s a big step, but if you simply send one email and hope for the…

If the promise of the job is too good to be true…it is.

It’s never easy to find a side hustle as an actor that pays the bills, leaves you time for auditions, and doesn’t make you hate every moment you’re on the job. …

Amber Petty

Writer for Thrillist, Bustle, Parade, Greatist, MTV, IFC, Snooki’s blog. Want to hear about open writing jobs? Sign up for my free newsletter at

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