Sunday, 14 February 2016

Brick, Head, Wall

Sometimes, when the tenth rejection comes in that week, it can feel that you are banging your head against a brick wall when it comes to pitching. After a while, with no editors taking the bait, it can make a writer feel despondent and as though they are never going to get anywhere. This is where myth and rumour can rear their ugly heads and a writer can start to feel a little paranoid about the whole thing.

So when your brain starts with its conspiracy theories, how can you tell fact from fiction?

1. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because they are so fed up of receiving emails from me that they have blocked me from their email.

2. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because they are reading my pitches and stealing my ideas to get their in-house writers to write them up.

3. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because I haven't yet come up with an original and fresh idea that appeals to them.

4. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because the editor has got in for me and hates me after I wrote that reader's leader rubbishing one of the articles they had in their magazine.

5. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because I wasn't clear enough in my pitch what the focus of the article was.

6. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because I didn't bother to read several back copies of their magazine and so pitched an idea that was not appropriate for their publication.

7. I'm not getting any editors interested in my pitches because they've recently covered a similar idea or are about to.


Which ones do you think are real reasons for not having your pitches accepted and which ones could you do something about to make your pitches attractive to editors?