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When Is It Time to Follow Up?
Posted - 4/1/2013 4:41:13 PM | show profile | flag this post
When would you say a writer should follow up on a pitch with a slight timeliness factor? I always think it's rude to follow up before a week but I'd like to have an answer before time runs out to pitch it to lesser pubs. Thanks.
Posted - 4/5/2013 4:18:54 PM | show profile | flag this post
Depends on you
It has to be 7-10 days. Any earlier and you seem too needy.
However, by 14 days (two weeks) you should follow up. And I would start pitching to other publications NOW. You can't hold out for one publication to publish -- and believe me, the chances of two places wanting to publish are so low that I wouldn't worry about it.
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Posted - 5/18/2013 4:15:26 AM | show profile | flag this post
OK, I am going to assume you are simply sending out a pitch to editors you don't know.
And frankly, that's not too smart with timely material because there's no guarantee they'll respond.
Here's what I'd do. First you have to be honest and determine if you pitch is generic or hot. If it's hot, I would call editors and tell them it's coming.
If it was generic, I'd send it out to everyone I could think of it at once, first come with first.
The notion of sending out a time sensitive pitch to one editor you don't know at a time seems silly to me.
That said, you have to understand I make a living from writing. So I can't bother with any marketing strategies that won't generate a substantial income.
Posted - 6/21/2013 4:45:01 PM | show profile | flag this post
...considering it's time sensitive a phone follow up isn't out of the question.
In my experience, editors don't always get to every email in their inbox and you live or die based on whether you get an editor's attention.
I mean yes there's a point where you'll become annoying but people appreciate tenacity