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What to Do When Your Pitch is Rejected

5 tips to help you recover your query from the slush pile

- February 7, 2011

At any given minute, a writer somewhere is being told 'no' by magazine editors, book agents, consulting clients, and these days, even potential connections on LinkedIn.

Aspiring freelance journalist Ishea Brown Arnold says she might have received the quickest rejection email in history after pitching a story idea to a popular online women's magazine. "I was both excited and slightly nervous to pitch my first story idea," says Arnold. "Imagine my surprise when [the editor] responded to my email within five minutes. I attempted to throw a few more story ideas her way and was once again shut down in record time."

Even the most established scribes know that for every 10 ideas they generate, a paltry one or two might actually result in a byline. But if you are committed to your craft and story, stick to it. Rejection may be inescapable, but it's the recovery that makes all the difference.

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