For new freelance writers, the thought of putting yourself out there only to be faced with rejection letters or worse – a non-response – can cripple your chance at succeeding.
Well, what if there was a way to get a response on every pitch you send? How great would that be?
Before I give you the secret email that can revive a pitch you sent, let’s go over some facts about responses and why you don’t often get a response.
Often the number one reason why you don’t hear from a pitch you sent is because they found a writer.
Better luck next time. Chalk up this rejection to a learning experience and grow from it.
Here are some other common reasons why you don’t hear back from a pitch you sent out:
Now that you have an idea of why you may not get a response let’s look at how you can turn your non-responses into potential gigs.
One thing I make sure to do is keep track of when I send off a pitch. I give myself a time frame before I loop back and email a prospect again. It’s usually a week before I email a prospect back.
You can say something like,
A week ago, I sent you [this pitch idea] and I wanted to followup and see if you are interested in pursuing it further. I’d be happy to talk about it in more detail with you.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Sometimes the prospect is just too busy and that reminder followup is enough to start the ball rolling.
But, what happens if they did open your email, or for some reason didn’t get back to you after a while? If you honestly feel you are perfect for the gig and showed your value in your pitch, you use my secret weapon.
It’s a short and to the point email that can tip the scales in your favor.
Here’s what I typically say,
I’m just circling back as I haven’t heard back from you about your digital marketing writing position.
I’m going to assume you went in a different direction and no longer need me.
But, this secret weapon email really works. It basically tells them, eh, I moved on and I don’t need you.
When you take the opportunity – the writing position – off the table, it makes the recipient feel like you’re taking something away from them.
Give it a try! You never know, you’ll probably get a response and perhaps a writing gig out of it!
|Take Action: After you send your pitches, give yourself a week before you send your follow-up email.|
Waiting for a response to a pitch you sent out a week ago can be nerve wrecking. To calm your nerves, loop back a week or so after sending your pitch and see if they want to pursue this further or move on.
Give it a try!