Professional writers understand that there's no such thing as rejection, there's only writing which has yet to find a home.
When you're a writer, you write, just like a potter makes pots, or a real estate salesman sells plots of land. However, there's a difference: if you let yourself feel too personally involved in the selling process, you can come to feel as if each rejection is a rejection of you, rather than of a piece of writing.
Rejection? What rejection? Here's how to eliminate “rejection" from your vocabulary.
=> One: Understand And Research Publishers And Publications
Let's create a scenario. You're Gloria C. Writer, and you want to write a saleable nonfiction article about landmines. At this stage, you have two ways you can proceed. You can write your article first, and then find a publication which may give it a home, or you can find the publication first, and then write your article.
If you have all the information you need, you may want to write a first draft of the article, so that you can discover the approach that you want to take. If you're a new writer, this is the best way to proceed. You gain confidence with every word that you write, and since all writing involves rewriting, you'll feel better once you know you have something to rewrite.
On the other hand, you may decide that you're more comfortable proposing this article to several publications first, before you write the article. In this case, you write around 100 to 200 words of an ARTICLE QUERY, or PROPOSAL LETTER.
Then you find a likely market for the piece and send it to the editor.
There are many market guides for writers. One of the best known is the Writer's Market, published by Writer's Digest Books: http://www.writersmarket.com/
If the first editor you send your proposal to either doesn't want it, or fails to respond, send it to the second editor on your list.
=> Two: Have A Writing Business Plan
What will you write? Where will you sell it? How much time can you devote to writing? How much will you earn?
Sit down TODAY and spend ten minutes working on your writing business plan for the next 12 months. Sit down every day and work on it - by thinking and researching markets - until your writing business plan is complete. (Don't take forever over this. It took me half an hour in total. )
=> Three: Have A Writing Marketing Plan
A marketing plan is part of your overall business plan.
=> Four: Work Your Plan, Even When It Doesn’t Seem To Be Working
Persistence counts. You will sell simply because you show up at the right time with the right abilities and the right piece of work. It's a numbers game. If you write enough, and market it diligently, you will sell. That's all there is to it. Please believe this. Keep writing, and sending out your work.
=> Five: Expect To Succeed
If you expect to succeed at your writing career, you will.
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