The other day an editor asked me to take her off my list because she liked my articles but I was sending way too many and it was invasive.
Now, I'm 44 now and my skin is thicker and I also have two direct sales businesses so I am not a stranger to the word no or to rejection but that did sting a little.
I wrote her back an apology and asked if I could at least send her my reprint list instead of every single article and explained that I was doing a daily challenge but I would not be sending her 365 pieces this year!
This has taught me a few things.
- I will finish out this month's posts on this site even though I am a few days behind.
- I will finish my submissions but attach an explanation about why I am sending so many.
- For July I will concentrate instead on my reprint list. Instead of just a title and word count like I had been doing, I will do a title, word count and first paragraph or synopsis so they can get a better idea of what I am offering.
- I will send out my reprint list monthly.
- I will send out new articles as I have them written, then also add them to a special section of my reprint list until they actually become reprints (something titled like "NEW and never purchased pieces")
- I will work on my author site in the same way, making sure I have a post for each article and a synopsis, maybe even a photo. I have to make sure each post is tagged correctly and is in the correct category so editors can find what they need when I send them there for their last-minute or monthly needs.