I’m a few days into the freelance life and I’m realizing that there’s one hard and fast rule when pitching stories: once your ideas are out there, you just have to hurry up and wait.
Which is totally fine, obviously. When you work in the same newsroom as your editors, you can pitch a feature, or confirm your story’s angle, or ask if they can get you a fork from the cafeteria because you forgot yours, and you’ll get a quick answer. But when you’re trying to get someone’s attention while they’re at work and you’re at home in front of your laptop, there’s going to be a lot more “hey, over here, look at MEEEE!!!” while they, you know, do their jobs.
It’s hard not to take it personally when someone doesn’t get back to you. My idea must have been so terrible it doesn’t warrant a reply, you think. Or, did I proof-read my pitch enough times to ensure that my grammar is perfect? So you have to busy yourself researching that next idea, networking, cold-calling or even washing the dishes so you don’t just sit and stare at your inbox, willing a reply to come through.
Now, I think I’ll go do some laundry.