Being Prepared For Rejection Notices
No writer who respects himself wants to receive a rejection of his writing style. Unfortunately, sooner or later we all come up against this dilemma and whether or not we appreciate it is a fact of life.
I remember when I received my first refusal note. It was from a fashionable national magazine. At first I felt insulted and insulted. Here’s an organization that roughly tells me how badly I write. It was just an unthinkable event. After I had my initial temper tantrum and calmed down, I began to carefully analyze what I had done wrong. I took into account all the negative observations that the editor had made to me, and at the end of my assessment, not only did I feel better, but I also made a great effort to correct future writing difficulties.
It does not matter if you enter a travel function or one that refers to the latest local news. It’s worth knowing what the publisher is looking for. If he or she is looking for a positive tone for a Caribbean cruise and its benefits do not change, write 800 to 1000 words on the things you should take with you on your next Caribbean cruise. Give the publisher what he asks – nothing more, nothing less.
If an editor rejects your copy and explains why he has done so, then use that feedback in a positive way to improve your chances of future acceptance. Always look at the rejection letters productively and learn from your mistakes. Look objectively at the whole picture and notice that next time you will not make a similar gaffe.
If the door is wide open for you and you can write about anything that might interest you, make sure that topics that you know are foolish or inappropriate for the journal you are submitting. Do not send a “Raising a Baby in a RV” to a men’s magazine. Keep your topics closely linked to the market you focus on.
Based on my own experiences as an example, I have developed several simple but effective formats for handling article statements.
The first thing you need to do is get your anger out of your system. Do not take your frustrations on your family, but play a kind of game instead. I myself am an “Evony” fan and will relentlessly attack neighboring cities in order to reduce the tensions and frustrations that have built up. In fact, I did not like these cities so much anyway, and that was a great excuse to attack the little buzzards.
After you have finished your frustrations, it is time for a brief break from everything that has to do with writing. Do not even consider the topic as a possible research topic. Go as far away as possible from the computer keyboard. Cut the grass or clean up the garage as the woman has been proposing for three months. It’s about getting away from the idea of writing an article.
Now that you have overcome all the frustrations and have taken time to re-think your thoughts, it is time to correct the mistakes on your way. Sit down and write a heartfelt letter to the editor who has rejected your original material. Explain to them that you are aware that they are very busy. You sincerely want to improve your skills and seek your advice on what you did wrong. Sure, it licks his butt, but it helps in more ways than one. First, you show the editor that you want to improve your skills, and may again try to have your work published by him. Second and foremost, make yourself known to the publisher and your name will be remembered in the future. When they get materials with their skyline, they quickly think, “Humm, I know that name from somewhere.” That’s what you want to achieve.
There is always another day and another editor who is convinced that you are the author you are looking for. Just do not get discouraged and keep trying.