After 2 hours combing past blog entries to get a clue for popular topics, and then spending an hour more writing a customized pitch, my query was declined.
DECLINED by a popular blog.
I didn’t even get a curt “No.”
No explanation, no “Thanks, but no thanks.”
I got no reply after spending 4 hours writing what I think is a great query.
How do I know it’s rejected?
Because I use Sidekick, so I know they received AND opened my email. Twice.
And after two weeks of waiting, I still haven’t heard back.
Rejection is a Norm in Guest Posting and Magazine Writing
I know getting rejected is normal when you’re pitching big blogs for guest posts. It’s the same when you’re pitching magazines.
As Carol and Linda repeatedly told the students of J-school and Pitch Clinic course, “Don’t take rejections personally.”
According to them, the rejection has nothing to do with you. In most cases, it’s just a matter of finding the right market for your publication. And timing — when you send that query counts, too.
Hope is Not Lost
I got a couple of acceptances anyway, so all hope is not lost. Yes, they’re not for publications as big as my target, but a yes is a yes.
I’ll just revise this query and send it to another website.
La speranza è l’ultima a morire
I’m keeping my chin up.