Category: rejection

Article Writing Rejection? Do THIS to Bounce Back…Fast

Article Writing Rejection? Do THIS to Bounce Back…Fast

Bounce Back After an Article Writing Rejection. Makealivingwriting.com

Article writing rejection. It’s a tough pill to swallow for most freelancers.

Learning how to deal with it effectively may be more important than anything else.

Seriously, if you don’t handle article writing rejection well when you get a “no” from an editor, it can be devastating.

Ask yourself this question: Am I suffering from article writing rejection?

  • You know..one day you’re optimistically cranking out query letters and letters of introduction (LOIs) to land article writing assignments.
  • And the next, you’re rolling around on the floor in a puddle of self-loathing after getting a rejection letter from an editor.
  • Between angry and pathetic sobs, you shake your fist at the sky and sputter, “Whyyyy?!”

Been there, done that?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been freelancing a while, getting an article writing rejection is part of the gig. Count on it.

Here’s the thing. Some writers internalize that article writing rejection so deeply, they’re paralyzed to continue.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you understand the five stages of getting an article pitch in front of an editor and how to handle rejection, you can bounce back fast. Here’s how:

Praying for Clients? Pro Tips to Earn Well as a Christian Writer

Praying for Clients? Pro Tips to Earn Well as a Christian Writer

Praying for Clients? Pro Tips for Christian Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you make a living as a Christian writer?

Maybe you’re praying for new clients, wondering if you’re on the right path.

After all, the Christian market for freelance writers has a reputation of low pay or no pay which makes for an unlikely way to make a living.

Median annual salary for freelance writers fell to a historic low of $6,080 in 2017, down 42 percent from 2009, according to an Author’s Guild survey.

And if you’re trying to carve out a niche as a Christian writer, you might think there’s even more gloom and doom to come.

Why? Some Christian writers make even less because many of these publications have low pay for articles and expect you are doing it for “the ministry” instead of the money (which may be true and more about that later).

And it doesn’t have to be that way.

I’ve successfully made a living as a Christian writer for many years, and I want to give you some of the “secrets” to following this path…

Writing Job Killed? 5 Ways to Find More Freelance Work Fast

Writing Job Killed? 5 Ways to Find More Freelance Work Fast

How to Get Your Next Writing Job Fast. Makealivingwriting.com

After carefully crafting the perfect query letter, you land your dream writing job…and then it all falls apart.

What would you do? Shake your fist at the sky, curse, cry, or a combination of all three?

When a writing job gets killed, some writers take it pretty hard. You know, self-doubt and loathing, negative self-talk, a tub of ice cream.

The thing is, that kind of negative mojo isn’t going to help you move up, earn more, and get another writing job.

Believe me, I know what it’s like. I recently scored a $700 writing job for a healthcare trade pub. And then the assignment turned sour after a series of unfortunate events outside of my control.

It sounds like a nightmare situation, but it’s not uncommon. Freelancing is unpredictable, and at some point, you’re going to lose a writing job you thought was a sure bet.

How do you bounce back when you finally get a solid writing job, then lose it through no fault of your own? Here are five ways to get back on track fast.

Dealing With Rejection: 5 Bulletproof Strategies for Writers

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.

Answers to 20 Fascinating Freelance Writing Questions + Contest Winners!

Get your freelance writing questions answered.

I 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 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 submimtted 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:

How I Got a Column Writing Gig — After My Article Was Rejected

Column writing is a great gig if you can land it.

One of the most satisfying freelance writing gigs to snag is a regular column. The chance to write what you want on a regular basis, and have ongoing work you can rely on…it’s a dream.

There are a lot fewer opportunities out there to become a columnist than there were a decade or two back, so these can be hard to land.

But I got one in the most unusual way.

I totally screwed up an assignment for a new editor. But I handled it with grace, and turned the situation into a monthly column that’s easy to write — and nets me $150–$200 per hour in ongoing income.

Here’s how I did it…

Grow Your Writing Income Next Year by Making This Key Change Now

Plant in dried cracked mud

As the year winds down, do your thoughts turn to your writing goals for the coming year? I know mine do.

Now’s the time to lay the groundwork to earn more in the months ahead.

But it’s also a busy time for many of us — there’s shopping, travel, vacationing, kids at home, visiting, decorating the house, and more.

Still, there’s one change you can begin making right now that I promise you will set the stage for a more lucrative freelance New Year. This will take a minute a day, tops.

It involves taking quick action to eliminate the single biggest problem freelance writers face.

Do you know where that massive stumbling block is located? Well, go to a mirror and take a look at your head…

How Getting Rejected Made Me a Better Freelance Writer

Freelance writer gets rejection letter

How do you react when someone tells you “no”? The answer might be the key to building a successful freelance writing career.

Whether you’re an aspiring freelancer, a veteran, or somewhere in between, you’re going to deal with rejection. And hearing “no” when you’ve put in the time, research, and effort to construct the perfect query can be devastating.

What do you do?

If you’re going to be a successful freelance writer, you have only one choice — learn to hear that “no” and use it to become a better freelance writer. Here’s how:

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Should This Freelance Writer Throw in the Towel?

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How to Get Your Marketing Done (Even if You Hate Marketing)

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