Anyone who has been submitting writing for any length of time has most likely gotten a rejection (or just never heard back) from a site they submitted to. I’ve had plenty! Don’t get frustrated, the universe is just telling you it belongs somewhere else (or so I tell myself). Be sure to keep track of where you have submitted things to help you manage what to do with it if you get a rejection or no response.
Here are some options for your rejected posts that may end up being even better than your original submission intent!
- Publish On Your Own Blog
This is probably one of the more common things to do with a post that isn’t accepted. If it is a good fit, why not make it work for you on your own blog? Check out my interview with Blogger Rita Templeton who had a post rejected/ignored by Huffington post and then had it go crazy viral on her own site only to be picked up by Scary Mommy.
- Save It For A Rainy Day
File it away and rest easy knowing that you have a post ready to go for your own blog for a vacation week, the holidays, or a sick day.
- Re-submit With Edits
Some sites will suggest you make edits and/or even tell you what their issues with it were inviting you to resubmit. This is a great way to get familiar with the process of having your work edited if you have not had that experience before.
- Submit To Another Site (as is)
This is a great option — especially if you had trouble narrowing your target site down for the initial submission. Try one of the other sites where it would be a good fit. Being rejected does not always (or usually) mean that your writing was bad. It’s often a factor of not being a good fit, conflicting editorial calendar, your connections, duplication of something recently published etc. A different site may jump at something another site turned down.
- Submit To Another Site (with edits)
One example of this might be getting a rejection from a parenting site and restructuring the post to a list type post and submitting somewhere like 12 Most or another list-happy site. You could do the reverse as well. Another example might be taking a 1000 word rejected post and cutting it down to meet the requirements for a site that asks for shorter posts.
- Offer As A Freebie With Subscription
If the piece is something you really like and is similar to the writing on your own blog, why not package it as a white paper and offer it as a freebie to new subscribers? MailChimp and other programs make it nice and easy to add free downloads to new subscriber emails, and it might be an incentive to a fan who has not gotten around to subscribing , since they can’t read it elsewhere.
- Exchange as a Guest Post
Just because a magazine or aggregate site doesn’t accept your submission, doesn’t mean it is destined to stay on your site forever. Why not reach out to a fellow blogger you admire, and whose content it would complement, with an offer to exchange guest posts. You can drive traffic to each others site and mutually benefit.
- Let It Breathe
Save it for later and revisit. You may end up wanting it for eBook content, an anthology submission, a post on your own blog, a submission at a later date, a response to a blog prompt activity etc.
What other uses have you found for your posts after getting a submission rejection?
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