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6 Things to Do After Your Story Has Been Killed

How to deal when your editor has put the kibosh on your work

- October 7, 2013
Few things can send shivers down a seasoned freelancer's spine like the words, "Thanks for the hard work, but I don't think I can use this." And, no, the promise of a paycheck doesn't ease the tension, though it does help. I know because I've experienced the early death of piece a time or two in the past.

The truth is, no matter how much time you've devoted to crafting the perfect draft and how closely you followed an editor's directions, killed stories are bound to happen at some point during your career. Fortunately, penning a story that doesn't make it to press doesn't mean all hope is lost. Lucky for me, I know a thing or two about bouncing back from disappointment and resurrecting your beloved piece. Mourning writers everywhere, follow these six steps to recovering from a story deferred.


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