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Do not Fear Rejection

This is going to be a short post – the title says it all. As a freelance writer you need to embrace rejection. Simply put, this is something you are going to run into day in and day out. Rejection is part of becoming a freelance writing success, and you need to get this through your head sooner rather than later. Sure, it can be difficult to be turned down by an editor, publisher, etc. But once you learn that this is part of the game and it is all business, you will be much better off.

No matter how much success you have as a freelance writer you are going to be rejected from time to time. This comes in many forms. For instance, I send query letters to magazine editors on a regular basis. And guess what? Most of them end up in some form of rejection. This has nothing to do with my skills or what the editor thinks of me. Instead, it is more about the publication and what they are looking for. If I let rejection letters get me down I will never have the confidence to move forward and search for that next gig.

Instead of fearing rejection you should embrace it. Learn what you can and realize that it is nothing personal. Rejection is part of being a freelance writer, and no matter who you are you will face it at some point in time.

Do you have any tips for dealing with rejection?

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