Handling rejection as freelance writer

One important thing to keep in mind is that you will be rejected in one way, shape or form during your writing career. Not everyone is going to like your writing. Not everyone is going to accept your bid. Editors may not see the value that you see in the story your pitched in your query letter. Sometimes your client won’t like the work that you just spent hours perfecting. Rejection is a part of life, and certainly a part of a freelance writing career.

I can’t say that rejection will go away once you have established yourself as  a writer. Even after years of experience and a track record of published work and satisfied clients, you will still face rejection from time to time. For every writing job application, there will be 10-1,000 really good writers who won’t get the job. Most query letters that editors receive will be rejected.

So, how should you deal with it? First of all, understand that taking it personally will make it worse than it has to be. Every successful writer has faced rejection, especially those who have really put themselves out there and have built a successful writing career. Rather than put yourself down, think about the reasons why you weren’t accepted, learn from it and move on. It won’t feel good at all, but if you can learn from it, the rejection was a valuable experience. It may not be easy to shake, especially if you were really hoping for the opportunity. Be honest with yourself, it hurts. The important thing is that you get back out there, try again with something else, and move on. Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by the fear of being rejected again. Someone will say, “Yes.”

Make sure that you put a quality effort into querying, applying to writing jobs, and submititng bids and proposals. Read qualifications and instructions carefully, study submission guidelines, and give it your best. Don’t waste your time putting half of an effort into it in order to make the excuse that it wasn’t your best.

Rejection stinks. We all have to deal with it. Just know that you are not alone, and you are still a good writer.

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  1. […] Handling rejection as freelance writer – All of us have to face the “rejection monster” in the course of our freelance writing career. […]


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