It’s one of the biggest problems in freelance writing.
You send out a query to an editor, or a letter of introduction to a business.
You never hear back. You’re left to wonder what you’re doing wrong.
Or you submit an article, and it gets killed. They give you some vague reason, such as, “Just not a fit for us at this time.”
How can you ever improve?
You’re stuck. But you need to break through and get answers, or you’re not going to get the kind of great-paying gigs you want.
Fortunately, there are several paths out of this dilemma. One is to hire an expensive writing coach and pay thousands for their input.
But there are free ways, too. Here are three:
For freelancers, waiting is the hardest part.
But editors receive too many unsolicited queries to respond to each one instantly. And some won’t respond at all unless a query catches their interest immediately.
Good ideas also fall by the wayside if they hit editors’ inboxes during deadline, while they’re on vacation, or if they’re out of the office at a conference or because of an unforeseen event, like an epic storm.
Sometimes it pays to follow up on article queries — as long as you do it in a way that doesn’t make you seem like a stalker.
As a writer and editor for more than 25 years, I’ve learned that one of the most important relationships you can cultivate is with your editor.
With a little time and attention to detail, not only will you earn their respect, but you’ll have a resource for ongoing work — as well as a reference for landing future work from other newspaper or magazine editors.
Here are five tips that can help writers build a strong writer-editor relationship:
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