Nothing feels better than a writing client accepting your ideas and paying you for them. It’s the moment when you finally receive the fabulous ice cream dessert after your parents forced you to eat your dreaded vegetables first.
Meanwhile, rejection stings like a motherf*cker.
All you want to do is progress in your writing life and get paid for what you love to do. Multiple rejections tempt you to throw the towel and forget about writing forever.
Remember why you wanted to become a writer in the first place (besides the money). Your stories and article ideas are aching to be written. Don’t let one person stop you from manifesting your writing dreams.
Here’s one hot pitching tip to remember as a writer (most people often overlook): keep pitching. Better yet, make a game out of it.
Louis L’Amour had 200 rejections before the publishing company Bantam took him in. Even Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code was rejected before it was published worldwide.
Make a tally count of how many rejections you receive. See if you can go up to a hundred or more. The goal is to keep writing and pitching your work. Writers do their job no matter what.
You don’t magically become a writer when someone finally accepts you. You’re only giving away your power to somebody else, making them the final judge whether your writing dreams come true or not.
Own yourself as a writer. You were always a writer before anybody paid you for it.
Stephen King used to nail his rejection letters to a wall. He didn’t sit around and pout because publishers didn’t accept his stories. King had so many rejections he had to use a spike to keep them in place.
“The nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” -Stephen King
Now Stephen King has over 60 books published, many of them have turned into movies.
I know rejection sucks balls, I do. I’ve been through frustrating pitching cycles. It gets better the more you keep at it.
Rejection is merely a test of persistence.
Move on when an editor declines your idea, or a movie producer rejects your script. If a traditional book publisher shuts down your manuscript, go on to other companies. Heck, self-publish if it comes down to it.
Write through your rejections. They’re not telling you to stop writing. You can always take your ideas somewhere else.
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