Many writers see their writing as the way to measure their significance in the world. This viewpoint empowers editors to become gatekeepers who can determine if a pitch--and by extension, the person who sent it--has value or not.
If the idea of an editor rejecting your pitch makes you cringe, you may be allowing the editor’s judgment of the pitch become a judgment of you as a person.
You’re not your pitch. When an editor finds your pitch lacking, it doesn’t mean anything about you as a person. Your character, ethics, lovability, and potential for success are not impacted.
Your pitch is not who you are as a writer. It’s a single data point in a long career. The more you pitch, the more yeses AND the more nos you’ll have.
If you notice yourself treating yourself less kindly than you would a colleague whose pitch was rejected, you can decide not to judge yourself so harshly.
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Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
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