With some people, there is an allure to being a freelance writer. Getting paid to write about things and send them out to different places who are interested in your work. Not being completely tied down to one singles boss and having freedom in what you create. Sounds pretty cool right? There is also a lot you don’t hear about. Things those writers have to put up with in Freelance writing. The biggest is the rejection.
It’s a common thing in any line of work that involves a lot of creativity. Some people aren’t that interested in what you are doing and some places aren’t into investing any money in what you produce. A writer may have a great idea for an article, but places they talk to aren’t interested in what you have to offer. After so many times, it can weigh on your mind and make you feel like you aren’t good enough and that it is your fault these things aren’t going forward.
Rejection is something that writers of all kinds of different styles feel. From authors trying to pitch their book or story, Scriptwriters trying to get someone to read their manuscript, to a freelancer with an article they want someone to carry, and hopefully get paid to do it. I am guessing along the way they have heard “No” plenty of times.
But a rejection isn’t necessarily a comment on the writer or is even personal.
Rejection from an outlet may be more a comment on the outlet themselves. The biggest thing a freelance writer may face is just the place you are submitting to just doesn’t accept freelance work from outside writers. Places like that have a regular staff to do articles for them and most places pay them in some form to do that. A lot of places just aren’t looking for outsiders for that kind of thing. They pay their own people for that.
A reason may be the demand. It’s an old story of supply and demand. Some places just don’t see the readership on the certain things they provide. For freelance writers, the summers can be rough, the end of the year can also bring a slowdown in business. Sometimes it is the places giving them money that is having an issue. They may not see the readership during parts of the year to make them want more of it. Whatever it is, there are issues outside of quality that has a big effect on whether something gets picked up or not.
Another thing that may come up is location. In these times of sending in stuff by email or computer, it seems like less of an issue, but it can still be. Some outlets, whether they mention it or not, are writers based around a hub of some sort. There may not be a “central” location, but the writers and editors may all be based in a certain location and have the same views and experiences because of it. Places like that aren’t really looking for outsiders of that group, for better or worse, and aren’t interested in an outside view on anything. You could move to that location, but unless you have a lot of money to burn I wouldn’t recommend it. Most freelance writers don’t have that kind of money anyway!
So while you put in a lot of writing time and spend hours hunched over a keyboard, not every place is going to be accepting of your work. And being rejected isn’t always a comment on you or the work you have done. There is going to be rejection no matter what. The best advice is not to let it consume you as a producer of content. Keep doing your thing and someday things will aline just right and the effort and the work you put in will be accepted!
It can be discouraging. But that happens to everyone. Keep doing whatever it is you do and eventually you will find an audience and people you want to reward you for it!