Wednesday, 22 February 2012

If you don't ask, you don't get

I wanted to follow on from my last posting 'Your message was undeliverable' as since then I have tried sending a pitch over and over again for a feature to a major magazine.

Time after time I got the email back saying their inbox was full. I tried so many times until today, after it failed for the sixth time, I decided I had contact them in person.

I have always been so nervous at doing this. I feel comfortable with an email or a letter, as if they wish to reject my idea, I feel able to deal with it easier.

So, with butterflies in my stomach, I did contact them. I am so glad I did as although I was terrified at being put straight through to the editor who asked what the article was about, I was thrilled to find that they are very approachable in situations like this. After a short discussion on my idea , I was given another email address to send my pitch to.

Their are no promises of publication for my idea but I am a step closer than if I had just left it and not bothered to follow it up. This one may not be successful but this approach may work for me in the future.

So I have learned a great lesson today, although it may be a cliche, if you don't ask, you don't get, I hope I may be a step closer to publication in the future.


  1. You're the same as me, Di. I'd much rather contact editors e-mail than speak to them in person! So well done!
    Julie xx

  2. Well done Di. And now you're benefitting from your bravery!