pitch for what I considered to be a fabulous and timely feature to the relevant editor at a major women's mag. One with whom I'd worked successfully before. One that I thought was just the right contact for this particular story.
Two weeks later, I followed up that pitch with a polite, friendly email, repeating the pitch in a polite, friendly manner.
One week later, I sent a polite, friendly email thanking the magazine for considering the pitch and politely letting them know I'd be taking it elsewhere.
I reworked it to new specifications, took it elsewhere and sold the story.
Today, I had a conversation with a friend about the importance of developing a thick skin when it comes to freelance writing. Thick skin, used in the sense of Rhino Hide.
There will always be rejection (and someone not even responding to your email lands squarely in this bracket). No matter who you are, or how long you've been working as a freelancer. People who work regularly as freelancers are the ones who take that rejection and use it to plaster another layer of insulation on their skin. Creating a suit of armour.
It ain't pretty. But you're not looking for pretty. You're looking for work.
[image: a 1955 advertisement for Royal typewriters, available from FrenchFrouFrou/etsy - I am seriously lusting after a Royal typewriter in rose pink or mint green. Just saying.]