3 Common Obstacles to Getting Started (And Their Solutions) Posted on January 20, 2019 by Ian Chandler in Uncategorized 16 comments on “3 Common Obstacles to Getting Started (And Their Solutions)” Jorge Rodriguez-Walling on July 22nd, 2022 - 10:29am Hi Ian, The problem I see with writing is perception; how an editor perceives your work regarding their audience and my intent as an author to inform or persuade as per my conviction on an issue. Could this be why The Sun Magazine told me that only 1% or less of all submissions get considered? This is like threading the eye of a needle or worse. How much optimism could I possibly have with this kind of prospect? Thank you for your time. Very concerned, Jorge. Reply Ian Chandler on July 22nd, 2022 - 10:44am There are many factors that need considered here. Freelance writing is more than just pitching to publications, but at the same time, pitching to publications isn’t an all or nothing game. You do tend to get more rejections than acceptances, but that’s common in almost all lines of work. That’s why it’s important to see the big picture. Right now, you’re working with quite a small sample set. One publication with a 1% acceptance rate doesn’t make up the entirety of all publications. You should be pitching publications that align with your niches and are reasonable to break into. We have a lot of writers start out wanting to immediately pitch to the New Yorker, but of course that’s another pub with a low acceptance rate. It also requires a high degree of skill to write for. As long as you’re pragmatic about the kinds of clients and publications you seek out, you should be able to find success. Reply Jorge on July 22nd, 2022 - 11:20am Thank you, Ian, for your prompt response, good advice, and personal interest. Naturally, I’ll keep all these things in mind as I continue to forge ahead. Jorge. Reply Ian Chandler on July 22nd, 2022 - 11:36am My pleasure! Don’t hesitate to comment or email with any other questions or worries you have. Reply Oladokun on August 11th, 2023 - 7:42am In fact I haven’t any inches yet and I don’t know how to find one. Could you help me discover myself in this area? Reply MULYANI SRI RAHAYU on July 15th, 2021 - 12:59pm Many thanks Ian. I really appreciate for your brief. It’s very valuable and help us. Reply Elvie on July 18th, 2021 - 2:45am Thank you, Ian Reply Hemant chauhan on October 21st, 2021 - 3:47am I am very appreciative for your brief. Thank you so much for the wonderful points. Reply EVE GRZADZINSKI GREY on February 24th, 2020 - 7:05am This is exactly what I needed to hear, the first thing on a Monday morning. Big Thanks to you! Reply Shariz Uzfar on February 17th, 2020 - 7:21am Thank you Ian for the brief yet highly valuable video. Much appreciated. Take care. Reply Susan Lewis on May 31st, 2019 - 10:39am I really appreciate these videos that keep my focused in a very simple manner. Reply Sharatta on April 28th, 2019 - 9:31pm Thank you for enough to want to support and help build continuous success. Reply A.J. Harrison on April 28th, 2019 - 11:43am Thank you for taking the time to help us like you do, with great information like this! Reply Naushad on January 22nd, 2019 - 8:35am Thank you so much for valuable inputs. I can’t afford the training now, hence looking free resources to learn the skills. Reply SUNIL KUMAR DOGRA on January 21st, 2019 - 8:52am I write fictions as well as on foreign policy . Please guide me “How can I earn from it” Reply Jacob Jans on January 22nd, 2019 - 8:10am Sunil, We don’t train our students in terms of getting paid for fiction or creative writing, but we do help with non-fiction writing. Have you considered our No B.S. Course on Freelance Writing? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment.