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Issue #347: Don’t Let Feedback Sting Your Ego
March 22, 2021
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Editorial: Don’t Let Feedback Sting Your EgoDuring my first few years of travel writing, several magazine editors sent my manuscripts back to me, asking for rewrites. They liked my story ideas but wanted the articles rewritten, more detailed, or from a different angle.
These early perceived criticisms of my work initially stung like a bee. Fortunately, I realized this was just my ego reacting.
Ego is a powerful thing. I quickly understood that if I wanted to see my articles published, I had to give the editors their rewrites just the way they wanted them.
I put my ego aside and buckled down, trying to understand what the editors were telling me about my writing. After a while, I realized the editor’s comments and feedback weren't personal. They were simply aimed at improving my articles.
And, I realized that my stories read so much better after I made the recommended editorial changes. I was learning how to improve my writing from these rewrites! Once I understood this, rewrites became my first priority and I turned them around within 24 hours.
As a result, I forged excellent relationships with my editors and they in turn were relieved that I was open to rewriting my stories, when needed. An attitude adjustment on my part placed me in their regular stable of writers. The editors accepted more of my pitches and sent me new assignments.
It’s only human to see our writing as an immensely personal extension of ourselves. We see our work as a reflection of the very essence of who and what we are. So receiving and accepting feedback about our writing is very hard for us to digest.
Veteran freelance travel writers develop a thick hide and learn to accept constructive feedback, instead of reacting and taking it personally.
When editors give you feedback on your writing, request a rewrite, or edit your articles, remember that it’s not personal. They know their readers’ likes and dislikes. Give editors whatever they want. It’s their magazine!
This Week's Featured Post
For Your Best Query Letters Ever: Use This Checklist Before You Hit “Send”Is Your Query Letter Ready to Submit?
The query letter isn’t the only factor that determines your freelance writing success, but it’s a critical element to sell your story. It’s where the rubber meets the road.
Queries are the flashpoint where we present our story idea and convince an editor it’s worthy of being published. I’ve created this tool to quickly assess if your query letter is complete. It ensures you haven’t missed any crucial bits and pieces. Queries are like a jigsaw puzzle that might be missing a few pieces. Those little bits and pieces often make the difference between selling your story or getting it rejected by an editor.
This handy list will tell you whether you’ve missed any of the twenty two vital ingredients that a winning query must have. If you use this list before you hit “send,” you’ll see your acceptance rate rise noticeably.
Upcoming PostsMar 29: Simultaneous Submissions: Sell More Travel Stories, Faster
Mar 15: Five Rules For Selling Articles And Getting Travel Perks
Apr 12: How to Sell Your Articles Without A Query Letter
PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
Barb Harmon: A Healing Adventure“After the death of my youngest son, I sank into what appeared to be a dark, ugly, depression. I lost interest in everything, including a successful online business. My grief counselor pronounced a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was shocked but relieved when she assured me she could help me cope with the symptoms.
She asked, "What do you want to do with your life?"
Without hesitation, I replied, "I want to be a travel writer.”
The first step was to gently dip my toes in the water by creating a new blog. I was writing again and it felt good. I spent hours online reading masses of information on travel writing. I didn't know if anyone would be interested in my stories, but I was determined to write them.
An editor mentioned she might like a roundup story about Guadalajara in the future. She asked if I was interested. Of course, I said, "yes." But what’s a roundup story, I wondered?”
Read the rest of Barb Harmon’s inspiring travel writing story here . . .
Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about How to Sell Your ArticlesGetting published is the main objective of freelance travel writers. Every article you write needs to be published somewhere, so you need solid systems in place to do it quickly, efficiently, and successfully.
After all, if you can't sell your articles, you don't get to write them!
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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy
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