This is the attitude you need.
Kudos to Pascale Duguay who posted this in our Finishers Facebook group:
Sent 12 pitches in 12 days. It did wonders to help me deal with anxiety as I’m still waiting to hear back about two books I wrote over the summer for teens with intellectual disabilities. They should get back to me any day now. I’m feeling anxious again just writing this. I’d better go send something else…
This is the mindset that leads to success in a writing career.
It’s not about writing the perfect pitch, making a list of dozens of markets, or obsessing over whether editors are even reading your emails (apps that tell you when someone opens your email are just feeding on your insecurities and it’s your fault for letting them do so… )
You can worry about all of those things later, if you want.
First, however, it’s about taking massive and immediate action by sending pitches.
You don’t get good at something by reading about it. You get good by doing it. By practicing so much that it starts to become natural. By sending so many that you actually have a good size sample of successes and failures to see why the ones that worked did and the ones that didn’t work… well, didn’t.
Practice means not spending years figuring out what you did wrong and why you never got to play in the big leagues, but going back, after 30 days of daily pitching, to see why pitch number 1 sucked. You can’t get to the 30th pitch that sells without the 1st pitch that didn’t.
Most people stay stuck sending a dozen pitches in their first few years of writing.
They get no instruction. No feedback. No actual knowledge of what works, and why what they’re doing doesn’t.
You will never know what’s wrong without the practice that gets you to what’s right.
Pascale’s post was a timely one.
Because in The Finishers, we show you how to get assignments quickly using the pitches you’re sending. In fact, I show you how to turn every pitch you write into a steady stream of quality stories that get editors interested every time (and make you more money for each story idea).
More on that here: