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Freelance Writing Tips: How to Multiply Your Submissions

September 15th, 2008

freelance-writing-submissions.jpgFreelance writing can be a difficult market to break into and make serious amounts of money. However, with dedication and persistence it is possible to do well, especially if you are able to regularly make submissions to promising writing markets on a regular basis. This article by April Aragam provides four tips for increasing your overall number of submissions without necessarily having to spend lots of time writing original content.

How many pieces do you submit each week? As a full time writer it is possible to pull off submissions in the double digits. No matter what your current submissions add up to, you can multiply that today. You already keep track of your submissions, but how often do you go back to old writing and recall articles that you never heard about or that got rejected? Do you give up on a piece after a certain number of failed attempts? Follow these tips to help multiply your submissions (and acceptances):

1. Go through records. It is important every few months to look back on old submissions and their status. On a fresh sheet of paper make two columns. One column is for pieces that are available for resubmission. The second column is for all markets that are available for submitting to currently. Don’t worry if the two columns have nothing in common; this is simply for your knowledge. If there is a market you haven’t yet submitted a piece to, go for it.

From this point forward, every time you receive a rejection, in addition to putting it into your records, jot down the piece and the market onto your sheet of available pieces and markets. And when you submit a piece and/or market from that running list, cross it off. If it comes back rejected again, add it to the bottom. Don’t worry about dates and other info on this list. It’s simply to show you what’s available in the blink of an eye.

2. Consider editing your articles. If a piece gets rejected enough times, there are two major possibilities. One, you aren’t submitting it to the best suited markets. And two, it may need some jazzing up. So reread and edit those pieces before you submit them again. Often when you haven’t read a piece for a while and see it with a fresh perspective, you will notice things that weren’t so obvious before.

3. Create new from the old. If you wrote a piece for women about the different types of groups available to them in your city, why not write one for men, children, or seniors? You can often write a number of pieces from one idea if you simply aim it at a different demographic. From one idea you may be able to come up with four more ideas!

4. Be a market collector. A writer can never have too many markets. Even if you come across a market that you think isn’t for you, keep it in your records anyway. You never know when you will need it. Our interests often change and ideas hit us when we least expect them. Always be prepared.

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