Writing is one way to make money from home. Sometimes you will receive feedback on your writing from fellow members of a writing group, a tutor if you are doing a course or an editor. Work that you submit in the hope of being published will sometimes be rejected. Being rejected or receiving criticism can be hurtful but don't give up. Sometimes that criticism will help you improve your writing.
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Why is my writing being rejected?
Remember many successful authors were rejected earlier in their career.
Did you read all the guidelines and follow them?
Did you write a query letter? Some publications state they do not accept unsolicited submissions.
Did you proofread your work and check it again?
Did you provide images if they were required?
Did you research the readership of the publication?
Did you make your writing fit the readership?
Was your submission the correct length?
If there was a deadline, did you meet it?
Guidelines are often available online. Each publication will have its own guidelines. Image by Marie Vonow
Sometimes rejection of your work has nothing to do with its quality.
A publication may have reached its quota of items.
A newspaper may have no more space this week.
You may have sent your work to the 'wrong' place. Try again.
Something similar may have been published recently.
Your writing may not fit the style of the publication you submitted to.
It may be the wrong time of the year.
You may be choosing the wrong topics for the publication.
Your information may be out of date.
Your ideas or style may be too progressive or innovative for the readership.
Keep in mind the way you write for an online readership is different from how you write for a newspaper which is different from how you write for a magazine and that is different from the way you would write for a more academic publication. This can be confusing at first.
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Why do people criticise my writing? Just because someone criticises your work doesn't mean your writing isn't a valid creation.
The person criticising may just be looking for something different from what you have produced.
Let's face it, although much feedback will be valid, some people don't know what they are talking about. However, they are still allowed to have an opinion.
An older person with an academic background may criticise your casual style of writing for the internet, not realising short sentences and short paragraphs are recommended.
Other people may not understand what you are saying. You then need to consider whether you are not explaining yourself clearly or if they don't have the experience/education to comprehend it. In either case you need to simplify your writing in order to communicate.
Receiving criticism of your writing can be disappointing. Getting rejection slips can be disheartening. However, if one is going to make money writing one needs to develop a thick skin, take any relevant suggestions on board and just keep writing.