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Why Your Article Pitch Was Rejected

freelance writer wondering why she was rejectedThere are five stages to pitching a story idea to an editor:

  1. You get an article idea
  2. You write the idea up, in a query letter or letter of introduction.
  3. You send the pitch letter in, usually via email.
  4. You wait, frequently in vain, for a response.
  5. You begin the second-guessing game, and start wondering why your article pitch didn’t get you an assignment.

That fifth stage often sends writers into an emotional tailspin. Instead of sending more pitches, you sit around thinking, “I suck at this. I’m never going to make it!” Instead of sending more pitches, you sit in a pool of misery, thinking bad things about yourself.

The other big problem is that this self-flagellation exercise wastes way too much of your precious time.

There are only two basic reasons why article ideas get rejected — and once you know them, it can help you move on to writing that next query more quickly.

 

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How a Mean Editor Helped Me Triple My Writing Income

Mad woman yelling at a phoneIt seemed like a dream come true.

I landed a high-paying blogging gig on a popular software blog. I knew that the clients I wanted read this site, so they’d see my name there and come to me with gigs.

In my mind, this was the break I was looking for to make it big as a business writer. I felt like I’d finally made it as a professional freelance writer.

But it didn’t take me long to figure out it wasn’t the absolute dream job. The editor was mean. Here’s how I handled it – and how it helped me in the long run:

 

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Why Super-Short Articles Can Build a Big Writing Career

Old fashioned writer with new ideaWriting short can be refreshing — like ice in your underwear.

It’s also a practical way to build a writing career.

Many magazines today, from Smithsonian to Seventeen, have lots of small articles and light pieces in their brightly designed front pages. It speaks to the reading tastes of the Internet age: colorful and chunky.

For writers — especially ones trying to break in to a magazine — these areas (called “front of book” or FOB) can be a quick source of good money and wider opportunities. Here’s how:

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How Freelance Article Writers Can Find Facts Fast — And Make Sure They’re True

young woman with magnifier glass and hat looking for something isolated on white backgroundThe strongest magazine articles usually include data from a reliable source to back up the points you’re making. Without solid information, your article doesn’t come off as credible.

But with all the information bouncing around on the Internet, it can be difficult for freelance article writers to know where to find facts from reliable sources. The key to avoiding timewasting browsing is to know what you’re looking for, and what sorts of sources you can trust.

Here are four major resources that provide the solid facts and figures you need to create great articles:

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Answers to 20 Fascinating Freelance Writing Questions + Contest Winners!

carol_selfie2015_anniversary_facebook_adI have to admit, I’m amazed.

When I asked you earlier this week to send me your freelance writing questions, I figured the entries would all be stuff I’d seen before (since I just wrote an e-book in which I answer over 100 questions).

Yes, there were plenty of those common freelance writing questions, like “How do I get started?”

But I also got a nice batch of fresh and interesting new questions! Rather than going on and on in a comment thread that has 140+ comments in it last I checked, I thought I’d answer them in more depth here on this post.

I’ll start with the four top questions that are the winners of my Freelance Writers Den 4th Anniversary contest. Writers who submitted the rest of the questions I’m answering here will each be receiving a complimentary advance copy of my soon-to-be-released e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions Answered.

In case you missed it back on Tuesday — the Writers Den is turning 4 this week, and we’re celebrating with goodies and prizes.

The big prize that’s open to everyone: Freelance Writers Den is open to new members for the next 4 days! This will be our last summer open, and last time to join before our next Den bootcamp on overcoming fears, which is coming this fall.

Here are the winning questions, along with my answers (I have excerpted for space and corrected grammar for easier reading):

 

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Get Answers to Your Freelance Writing Questions [Contest!]

Freelance writer has a questionHave you got a question about freelance writing? Something that mystifies you and holds you back from pursuing this career full out, because you don’t want to look stupid?

If so, you’re not alone.

Freelance writing questions flood in every day on my email, on my Facebook page, in my blog comments. I started Freelance Writers Den to create a forum for more easily getting questions answered.

It’s the Den’s 4th anniversary this week (don’t miss the picture of me wearing a party hat!). Over 60,000 forum comments later, the questions keep on coming.

I hate it when writers tell me they’re not taking action, because they don’t know what to do. You can get the info you need fairly easily! Here’s how:

 

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