Aug 31, 2021
Many writers see their writing as the way to measure their significance in the world. This viewpoint empowers editors to become gatekeepers who can determine if a pitch--and by extension, the person who sent it--has value or not.
If the idea of an editor rejecting your pitch makes you cringe, you may be allowing the editor’s judgment of the pitch become a judgment of you as a person.
You’re not your pitch. When an editor finds your pitch lacking, it doesn’t mean anything about you as a person. Your character, ethics, lovability, and potential for success are not impacted.
Your pitch is not who you are as a writer. It’s a single data point in a long career. The more you pitch, the more yeses AND the more nos you’ll have.
If you notice yourself treating yourself less kindly than you would a colleague whose pitch was rejected, you can decide not to judge yourself so harshly.
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