So...here we go.
I have my first national byline! Question for you is if I'm supposed to send my editor a note or a gift or anything??
Congrats!!! There are few things more exciting than seeing your name in print for one of the first times. Enjoy the thrill.
No, no presents - a well-written article is present enough for your editor! :) Instead, send her a note thanking her for the assignment, saying it was a pleasure to work for her, and pitch her another ass-kicking idea asap. Successful freelancing is all about relationship-building, and the two ways to do this are 1) to be gracious and easy to work with and 2) to make yourself invaluable to an editor by suggesting great ideas and following up with great stories. You might not land another assignment right away from this editor, but don't be discouraged...after all, this editor already knows that you can deliver...keep pitching and eventually, another assignment should come in.
Readers, how do you follow up to a new-to-you editor?