Rejection And Stats Won’t Break This Camel’s Back
I had been checking my emails several times each day last week, looking out for any news about a recent submission I had made to an online magazine.
Finally, I spotted the email I had been waiting for. And of course, it was not the news that I had been wishing for. My article submission had been rejected.
The wording they used was:
“Unfortunately, the piece is not quite right for us and so we have decided to pass on it.”
I was bummed because, well, what writer wouldn’t be bummed?
Getting an article accepted would have meant the following:
(Both these things are what a writer craves/needs/dreams of).
Instead of throwing my laptop in the bin and deciding never to write again because I clearly lack the talent/voice, I immediately started to research the next publication I wanted to pitch this article to, because I was pretty sure that it was a decent article and that somebody would want it.
Just because one publication rejected me, that doesn’t mean that all of them will.
Even though I might only be able to get the article published on an unpaid publication, it’s nice to spread my wings (or words) a little bit, branch out onto different websites, get noticed (maybe) by new readers who might just want to look me up.
I’m totally against writing for free unless it is your site you are writing for. I believe that all art is work and should be treated that way.
When I see emails from PR folk asking me to collaborate, I immediately ask them what they are thinking of paying me, and 99% of the time, I’ll never hear from them again.
Writing simply isn’t valued enough. Any content creation is worth something. In a world where clicks are so valuable that click-bait titles are used by newspapers, that content is definitely worth something.
And no — getting retweeted or shared on their social media isn’t payment. Maybe in the future we will be able to exchange food for retweets, but at the moment, it ain’t happening.
Having lots of views is fantastic (especially if you are a member on Medium), but for the majority of the time, they don’t pay your phone bill.
I checked my stats for the very first time yesterday and they were so low, but weirdly, I did not give any fucks.
You would think that after getting a rejection I would be desperate for some good news, for some of that sexy validation, but when I saw that most of my posts here on Medium were barely read (if at all!) I was not phased by it.
I’m writing on here because I want the freedom from my own blog. Yes, you read that correctly.
Don’t get me wrong — I very much enjoy writing on my blog and publishing it for the wonderful audience I have managed to engage with, but it feels as though there are certain expectations on there.
On Medium I can write and publish whatever I like. It can be a rant or it can be a short article. It can be the very thing that I am writing right now. If folk want to read it (and clap it!) that’s fantastic. If they don’t, that’s no problem at all.
Just because my stats are low or my submissions get rejected, it doesn’t stop me from keeping the words flowing, from practising my craft, or from feeling some sort of relief when I express myself through words.
It also doesn’t stop me from chasing my dreams of being a paid writer. One day it’ll work out, I just have to keep working at it.
Come find me at thisstuffisgolden.com for other things that I write. It’s pretty good stuff.