Here’s something I wrote for my 30 Days, 30 Queries group members a while ago:
Some of you may remember when you first joined 30 Days, 30 Queries. I know at least several dozen of you who’d sent maybe two or three pitches before you arrived into this program. Many of you are now regular writers for The New York Times, Vice, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other top publications. Many of you now make a good income writing for publications where you earlier believed this to be impossible. Many of you have credits that you could only ever have dreamed of. And they’re now commonplace for you.
Do you know what changed from that first day when you nervously sent out your first pitch and now?
You saw other people doing it, sometimes with ease, sometimes with frustration, but you noticed that no matter what, they were doing it. All that advice from the gurus about how it’s impossible to send so many pitches? You could SEE that it was bullshit.
People in our 30 Days, 30 Queries group, the high achievers, the winners, the professionals, were just getting on with it. Writers in 30 Days, 30 Queries? We talk about sending 30, 40, 50 pitches when work is slow. We don’t give up. We fight harder.
And just like that, you elevated. Your mindset changed. Suddenly, it wasn’t about the industry being tough. Suddenly, you understood that it was about the numbers, about getting better, about being consistent. All things that were in your control. And you took that control. You were, dare I say, EMPOWERED.
And I’d like you to remember that feeling the next time you’re offered low pay, the next time an editor is snarky in her rejection, the next time someone wants you to write something that offends your sensibilities.
Remember that you are always in control.
It is time for us, as a community, to elevate again. Yes, you can make a fantastic income. Yes, you can negotiate contracts. Yes, you can simultaneously submit. Yes, you can turn down work. Yes, you can control the way in which your words are used.
But remember, we’re not going to get there individually or as a group if we’re still working from a place of disempowerment.
What changed from your first pitch to the last one you just sent was your mindset, the way you understood what was possible.
Want to get to the next level in your writing career and business? Change your understanding, once again, of what is possible.
30 Days, 30 Queries is open for registration for less than a week.
If you’re looking to elevate in your freelancing career, the time to sign up is now.
See you there!