I think probably every freelancer has been in the situation of panicking over getting the “yes” at least once.
You work so very hard to create a perfect pitch, find the right editor or copy chief to send it to, send it, and follow up, follow up, follow up.
And then, they say yes!
That happy/frantic moment is a crazy mix of adrenaline, excitement, relief, and despair. On the one hand you’re thrilled to have landed the project, and on the other you’re not sure if you can actually do what you promised to do.
Can I Deliver?
Ideas are a lot easier to come up with than the finished project.
Sometimes, though, the execution of the idea is even harder than you thought it was going to be. Maybe you don’t really have the experience and you’re facing a steep learning curve. Or you’ve done one project you thought was similar, but the new project is turning out to be significantly different.
Sometimes what happens is that you submit a bunch of pitches all together — and you get used to rejection. And then, suddenly, you get a yes. Or maybe you get several yeses, right on top of each other.
That’s what happened to me recently.
I’ve been faithfully sending out all these pitches. And I’ve gotten a few yeses. But they’ve been comfortably spaced out so that I haven’t had to meet a bunch of deadlines all at once.
But last week, that all changed. A bunch of my pitches were accepted all at the same.
And now I’ve got eight articles on my plate.
Yikes! (But in a good way…)
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