Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Reversing Rejection

I see a lot of blogs about why rejection hurts... but I don’t see a lot of blogs about how to Reverse Rejection.

We all know writing is a lot like dating -- sometimes the other party is just too tied up in other relationships to take notice of the new girl. If magazines are "dating" other freelancers, how do inexperienced writers get their attention (in a good way)?

• Check your connections. See if you can interview an author, musician, or celebrity who fits the publication’s profile. In this case, it’s not your name that matters – it’s the interviewee’s.

• Brainstorm with a freelance editor or experienced writer. See if he or she can help you rework your piece from a new angle.

• Be prepared to pay aforementioned editor or freelancer (unless she’s your mom).

• Be an expert on your topic. If you’re a scuba-diver, you may not be the person to write about youth ministry. Unless you want to draw a drowning parallel.
These are just a few ways you can Reverse Rejection… I’d love to hear your thoughts. What’s worked for you?

And also please feel free to ask us any questions… that’s why we’re here!