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Freelance Adventures: When An Editor Nicely Rips You To Shreds

If you read my article Getting Started As A Freelance Writer  then you are aware that I’ve been venturing into the world of freelance writing. Since that article was published I’ve been fortunate enough to receive opportunities to write for some pretty cool, very different sites. I thought it would be a good idea to build a portfolio that offers a range of topics thus enabling me to pitch more potential assignments.

With over 1600 Facebook shares and 350 Tweets, my article What She Really Hears When You Say ‘Whatever is Fine With Me’ was very successful. My other article 5 Tools To Help You Kill It On Social Media  was appreciated enough by the site owner that he asked me to contribute again.

In other words, two for two. Things are good. Until I submit my third article draft. See the response below from the editor.

Hey Mike,

This one is going to take some work, I think.  It kind of goes off the rails and you seem to be picking a fight with or daring the reader to challenge you. Your point is kind of getting lost in some of the story elements.It’s not as organized or as cohesive as I think it could be.
I think your major point is that husbands say no because they are approached with what not to do rather than the rationale behind the request.  You’re trying to telling women: if you want us to listen, you need to do more than tell us what not to do. You’re trying to explain, I think, that if women want their husbands to partner with them, they have to approach men a different way.
I think you have a new idea here and I think it could work but I think you have to go back to the drawing board on this one.
I am open to a second stab at it if you’re interested in trying.
First off, it is important to note that I’m okay with this. I’ve mentioned before in previous posts that I know how to endure negative reviews or comments. In addition, the email above is very constructive. However, there are valuable lessons here for myself and my fellow writer.
  1. Articles are subjective. Some will love them, some will hate them, and most just won’t care about them. That comes with the territory.
  2. If I’m going to consider myself a writer, I must be willing to accept the possibility that not all of my work is going to be high quality (at least on the first try).
  3. Freelance writing is a numbers game. Assume you’ll be rejected. Accept it and keep writing.

To close, writing is a roller coaster ride. The high that can be felt when your ebooks sell like crazy or your article is shared all over Facebook is well worth all the lows, just like the email above.

Keep your nose to the grindstone and your pen to the paper.

Mike Marani
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Mike Marani is an author, educator, and entrepreneur. He is best known for The Amazon Sales Formula which provides both step by step technical instruction along with mindset and motivational advice.

As a full time Assistant Principal and parent of two beautiful daughters, Marani created MakeTimeForWriting.com to help busy people achieve their writing aspirations.