The 9 Stages Of Grieving Over Your Rejected Writing Submission

9 Jul

This has got to be the toughest part of freelancing, the rejection e-mail, or worse, no response at all.

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1.) Select a site that you hope will feature your writing. Following their guidelines, make sure to embed the submission in an e-mail. Upon checking to make sure it sent correctly, realize that Gmail has horribly butchered the formatting of your piece, which now looks like it was written by a drug addict using Webdings.

a. In the less likely event that you’re submitting to a trusting editor who prefers attachments, you’re in luck – no formatting problems for you! You can just go ahead and send over a professionally worded e-mail, then realize 3.6 seconds after hitting “Send” that you forgot to actually attach anything.

2.) As you scan your horribly disfigured work, now floating adrift in the internet’s ether and completely out of your hands, make sure to find a glaring typo that you somehow missed despite five rounds of proofreading.

3.) Immediately begin to mentally craft the…

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