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Dealing With Rejection: 5 Bulletproof Strategies for Writers

5 Bulletproof Strategies for Dealing with Rejection. Makealivingwriting.com.

Rejection is inevitable when you’re a freelancer. You send out queries and LOIs, you’ll be dealing with rejection.

You get some bites and quote on projects…but then you meet up with characters like No, Not Now, Maybe Later, and Not Interested. When you find yourself reading yet another writing rejection, how do you respond?

Do you bounce back like a rubber band? Or does your confidence get flattened like a pancake?

Too many freelancers let writing rejection get in the way of success. And that’s a big problem. If you let rejection beat you down, you’re not going to make a living writing.

Believe me. I know what it’s like. I started out as a columnist and magazine writer. I experienced some early success and then I stalled. Editors started nailing No’s to my forehead. It was hard not to take it personally. Every writing rejection felt like proof I wasn’t any good, that nobody wanted my work.

I knew I had to do something about it. Fortunately, after a lot of research, trial and error, and thrashing around, I developed five bulletproof strategies.

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Unlock Your Potential With the QTIP Method for Freelance Writing Success

Unlocking DreamsWhen you start a new freelance writing gig, are you full of hope? I know I am.

This gig is going to be great. We’re sure of it.

This is the sample that’s going to really take the portfolio up a notch. It’s a game-changer. Exciting!

Then, things start to happen, and often, writers go straight down the emotional drain.

For instance, take this recent comment from a Freelance Writers Den member (I’ve condensed it here):

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