Cover Letter For Freelance Writer Job Sites

Lucy is asking for a job as freelance writer/editor for Amber Press. Her special interest is in working on the press's children's projects.

She sends this hardcopy letter, along with her resume, after seeing a job posting in a newspaper. She could have sent this note as an email message with her resume attached. In that case, she would have removed the date and inside addresses. She would also have changed "enclosed resume" to "attached resume" in paragraph two. And she would have deleted "Enclosure: resume" at the very end.

Notice how Lucy refers to the job posting by number at the start of the letter instead of using a salutation such as "Dear So-and-so." She knows that this reference number will help get her resume and letter sent to the right department quickly.

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Lucy Lu Wang
123 Downing St.
New Orleans, LA 12345
[email protected]

June 2, 20xx

Amber Press
123 Fairbanks Ave., Suite 212
Fairbanks, AK 12345

Re: Freelance Editor, position 12345

I found your job posting in the New Orleans Chronicle Star last Monday. I am a freelance writer/editor with experience in children's books, very similar to what the job posting asks for.

In addition to reading the enclosed resume, please take a look at my writing samples at If you prefer, I will send you hardcopy samples.

My schedule typically allows for about 25 hours of freelance work per week. I would be delighted if that could be consumed with children's projects from Amber Press.

Thank you for responding to my application.


Lucy Lu Wang

Enclosure: resume

Filed under Cold-Call Cover Letter Samples, Cover Letter Examples, Sample Cover Letters for Newspaper Ads and tagged .

The following is an example of a cover letter written for a freelance writing position. The writer lists the person who referred him in the subject line of the email message so the reader will notice the referral. Also see below for a freelance writer resume example.

Subject Line: Senior Writer Position, Referred by [Contact Name]

Email Message:

Dear Hiring Manager,

My former editor [contact name] recently told me about the senior writer position at XYZ Website, and I was excited to hear about the opportunity. I've spent the past 10 years developing award-winning, high-traffic content for sites like and The Monday Morning Quarterback, which I founded and built to a top 10 sports site.

[Contact name] has told me that you're interested in adding a team member who can take XYZ Website to the next level, including incorporating social media, optimizing the site for search, and achieving consistency of tone and coverage. My experience is particularly useful to achieving your goals. I can:

  • Analyze traffic and target content creation to build page views. My content on is consistently among the top 10 most-read pieces on the site, and creating and building The Monday Morning Quarterback has taught me how use analytics tools to chase down trends worth pursuing and build an audience.
  • Help you get that blue verified checkmark. I expanded the Mensmag Sports Twitter feed from 500 to 50,000 followers, including big names in the industry like Joe Sportsguy and ESPN Commentator. In July of last year, I helped earn the feed verified status.
  • Get attention from the people who matter. Whether it's getting retweets from names in the industry, boosting market share among the 18-34 demographic, or earning Bloggie awards, I have experience making great websites into excellent ones and getting them the attention they deserve.¬†

I would love the opportunity to talk with you about the position and what I might bring to it. I've attached my resume and clips, and will email later this week to see if we can arrange a time to talk. Thank you for your time and consideration.


John C. Writer
423 Allen Street, Apt 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15106
Phone: 412-555-1735

John C. Writer
423 Allen Street, Apt 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15106
Phone: 412-555-1735


Award-winning writer, editor, and social media manager with over 10 years of experience creating online content that gets clicks. Expert-level traffic analysis, targeted content creation, and SEO. Areas of focus include men's health, sports, fantasy football, and parenting.



  • The Monday Morning Quarterback

Founding editor of the Bloggie-winning, highly trafficked Monday Morning Quarterback, cited in Yahoo! Sports, Deadspin, Sports Illustrated.

Contributor to sports, health, and parenting sections. Create targeted content based on traffic analysis, leading to frequent inclusion in top 10 most-read pieces on site.

Social Media Management:

  • Not an Ad-Dad Twitter

Creator and maintainer of Not an Ad-Dad, a satirical Twitter feed focusing on representations of men in the media. 100,000 followers as of August, 20XX.

  • Sports

Expanded and supported Mensmag's Sports verified Twitter feed from 500 to 50,000 followers.

Education and Training: 

  • Texas A&M University
    College Station, Texas
    Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, May 20XX
  • Georgetown University
    Washington, D.C.
    Certificate in Social Media Management, May 20XX

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