Rejection is going to be a big part of your freelance writing career. It’s better to know this now and accept the fact, rather than discover it abruptly. You may send out dozens of writing pitches and get zero responses. You may get responses, but unfortunately from editors telling you it’s not the right fit at the moment.
My advice to you is keep working toward your goals.
Move forward with your writing, even if no publication accepts your pitches. You can keep building your portfolio with blogging, social media sharing, and guest posting on others’ blogs in the meantime.
Although the freelance writing sphere is competitive, eventually you will get published and the feeling will be indescribable. Other than suggesting to build a thick skin when it comes to rejection, I also suggest following these 5 tips to deal with rejection as a new freelance writer.
1. When Dealing with Rejection Don’t Take it Personal
This tip is very important in order for you to keep your sanity.
I know there’s plenty of you out there who’ve applied for day jobs and got a rejection email or rejection phone call. Well, freelance writing is just like that, accept you get rejected about 10 times a week at minimum.
I don’t say this to scare you away from freelance writing. I tell you this in order to prepare you and to help you deal with rejection in the freelance world.
If you let every rejection get to you, then you’re freelance writing career is going to be very short. On the other hand, if you take each rejection and use it to fuel your work fire, then there’s no stopping you from landing your first freelance job.
2. When Dealing with Rejection Keep Writing
Simply, keep moving forward. The worst decision you could make after rejection strikes is to stop working. Sure, throw yourself a pity party for a couple hours, but after that pity party pick up a pen or open your laptop and continue to work.
Deal with rejection by showing rejection whose boss. Keep pitching. Keep writing. Keep networking. Do whatever you’ve got to do in order to move past the minor setback.
When a publication never responds to my cold pitch or I get a rejection response from a publication, I don’t sulk as much as I used to. When I was new to freelance writing, every rejection weighed me down until I felt like I was drowning in a pool of failure.
I wasn’t prepared to say the least. Today, I move on pretty quickly because that is truly all you can do. Freelance writing is a competitive field, but there is room for you and your writing. Trust me.
3. When Dealing with Rejection Learn from your Mistakes
Freelance writing can be a learn-as-you-go job. Some people jump into freelance writing knowing absolutely nothing, while others jump in with a writing background or journalism degree. Either way, there’s a learning curve just like any other profession.
When dealing with rejection (especially multiple instances) it’s important to theorize what went wrong and if you could have done things differently.
For example, did you send a well crafted cold pitch or did you send a mediocre one with not enough information? Did you check your writing samples multiple times for correct grammar, flow and sentence structure or did you just glance through it once before hitting send?
As you can tell, the details of freelance writing can make all the difference. We all makes mistakes; however, the freelance writer who learns from his or her mistakes is the writer who is going to land the next job.
4. When Dealing with Rejection Try Again
It helps to think of freelance writing as a challenge.
See how many jobs you can find and apply to in one week. Then the next week apply to more jobs than the last. Remember, just because one publication didn’t like your article idea, doesn’t mean another won’t come along that’s the perfect fit.
Also, just because a publication denied your pitch once does not mean you should never pitch another idea to them again. I say as long as your piece is fitting to the publication and you think it’s original, then go for it. Pitch your pretty little heart out.
What’s the worst they are going to say? No? Well, you know how to deal with rejection now.
5. When Dealing with Rejection Don’t Give Up
I remember the first time I had a freelance article published in a local print men’s magazine. I picked up one of the copies, and I felt ecstatic. Even though I wasn’t writing to my ideal audience, my byline was still under that title and my words were being read not just by my very loving mama.
Don’t let rejection keep you down or stop you from pursuing your dreams. In fact, keep track of all the publications you pitch to, submit to, or simply reach out to. This way, you can look back at all your hard work and see the hours (months) you put into your writing career.
Fear of rejection should not stop you from sharing your words and sharing your story. Hopefully, this list will help you deal with rejection that freelance writing
How do you deal with rejection in your freelance writing career, blogging career or entrepreneur career?
Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer