Throughout January we will be running our 31 Day Blog Challenge: 31 days to clean up, grow and improve your blog. What better time than the start of a new year to get things sorted and ready to go for a brand new year of blogging?
We'll be sharing 31 tips, ideas, and strategies for you to get things in order and make blogging easier. This is Day 30.
We all know the kindest editor out there. They always think your stuff is great and they publish your every single piece you submit! The only problem...that editor is you. As owner of your blog, you have all the power and make all the decisions. So when an editor of a publication doesn't think you're wonderful and/or doesn't get back to you immediately or at all, it can be quite the shock!
Nothing guarantees a response from an editor, but there are certainly ways to stand out and give yourself a fighting chance! Here are four ways to be seen from start to finish.
1 - Make a Connection
Even though you're possibly seated behind a screen for most of the day, work those connections of yours. Finding the editor is usually pretty easy, but finding someone who knows him/her may take a little work, but it's worth it! LinkedIn is always a good place to start! And don't be bashful, asking around never hurts. Of course, it depends on how well connected you are to begin with in your chosen field, but you have to start somewhere.
2 - Get Creative
Alright, we've come to the conclusion that you have no connections to the editor, so you're on your own. When you send that email pitching your amazing story idea, that Subject Field is your Elevator Pitch. Make that editor stop, read and click. Be witty, get creative and give a reason for your email to be opened.
3 - Make a Connection
Not quite high-five time yet, but we're getting close. You've made the connection or blew their minds with your email subject. That editor has now decided to reach your pitch. Make it short, sweet and to the point. Just like someone who works in HR, editors are looking to discount you and give themselves a reason to move on. Spelling or grammatical errors in a resume or a pitch and you're gone! The same rules apply when it comes to timing. If it's already October and you're pitching a story for pumpkin pie, it tells the editors you have no concept of time and you're not a forward thinker!
4 - Meet Your Own Deadline
We're not talking anything complicated. Make connections get creative, be aware and push yourself are simple ways to give yourself a fighting chance when it comes to pitching to editors.