Don't be afraid of rejection
It is true you get rejected plenty in the process of emailing editors what you think are perfect pitches for their magazines and writing letters of interest of wanting to work and be published with other outlets so developing a thick skin for it and knowing it isn't a big issue is a good start. I spent the longest time starting out writing the perfect pitch only to find out half the time that I missed my chance to even pitch it and other times it would be rejected anyway after all the effort I had put in. I felt dejected and promised to give up on writing each time and the next day I'd see another mag and have an idea and start thinking of how to pitch to the editor. Then one day I tried something different. I couldn't think of an idea to pitch for a certain outlet but I did want very much to be able to write for them. so I went ahead and just wrote to them asking for any writing opportunities. Lo and behold, they replied yes, asked to see samples, liked it, and next thing I know I have an ongoing gig with them. Since then, I have tried not to break my head over a perfect pitch every time. It is okay not to always have a story idea and just tor each out. Many a time, editors simply have many stories waiting in the lines and just not enough writers to assign them out to so I've learned now not to feel dejected each time the rejection hits me, I just turn around and reach out to another publication, and move on. I hope you will to. Have a fabulous July 4th weekend!
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