So you’re new to the article market world of writing.
And you think that being new, it’s going to take forever to get published…that you’ll have to go through a lot of pain…a lot of rejections before anything happens.
I want you know that hundreds of editors say you’re wrong — that most are more open to new writers than you might think.
And there are a few major benefits to being a new writer too. So before you spend too much time trying to determine how you can appear to be a published professional writer when you’re not, consider taking advantage of your current position as a newcomer.
What are the advantages? Here are four positive points of being a new writer that will help you get work – and they all come direct from editors.
1. Opportunity for a First Impression!
If you claim to be a professional and experienced writer, an editor is likely to expect a lot. It takes more to impress. Even a good article might not be enough to get their attention. But if you tell the truth and admit that you’re a new writer, it takes a lot less to impress.
A new writer with a professional approach is something special – just sending a professional quality submission might even be enough to impress. An well-written article with a unique and interesting viewpoint can go a long way to make a good first impression.
“I really don’t mind new writers at all. If you’re new and act professionally, I’m usually willing to give you a go. I’d suggest that new writers just be honest about who they are.
If I get a fairly good article by a new writer, I’ll be impressed. To me, that’s my chance to discover new talent. That’s when I’ll contact the writer and try to help them. If I get a fairly good article by a new writer pretending to be an experienced writer, I will probably just issue a standard rejection
.” -Evelyn, Magazine Editor
2. The Potential to Grow!
Editors love to spot new talent. If you’re new and right for their publication, you might be taken in, mentored, and shaped to develop a style that fits their publication.
Experienced writers don’t have that advantage. Rather than looking at your potential for growth, they’ll be assuming it’s the best that you can do.
“When I get a good article from a new writer, I’m always very happy. Why? Because new writers with the right skills and attitude are wonderful for our magazine. They can be shaped to suit our style, they listen to instructions, they usually have a positive attitude. That’s the kind of writer I like to take on and mentor.” –Stephanie, Magazine Editor
3. No Credibility Gap!
If you’re a new writer, you’re targeting niche markets in your areas of interest and background. Claiming years of experience, especially if you’re targeting a market that doesn’t pay highly for articles, will make editors question your credibility. They will also assume that what you’re sending is your best, not just the beginning of your potential.
“I would tell writers to be careful if they’re going to exaggerate. I know everyone does it on resumes. But if someone claims to have been a writer for twenty years and is pitching my low-paying mag, I’m going to wonder two things. First, I’m going to wonder if they’re lying. Second, I’m going to wonder why they’re not working for a higher paying magazine if they really have that much experience. If they’re not lying, then I have to assume that they’re just a bad writer. Either way, it doesn’t look good for them.” – Danielle, Magazine Editor
4. “Newbies” bring fresh, new attitudes!
As a beginner, you’ll be going in with enthusiasm ahead of your experience. That might be the big advantage that gets you the job.
“It’s simple. Many seasoned writers pitching me have a bit of an attitude, a hint of suspicion, and often a streak of boredom. Fresh writers pitching me tend to have nothing but positive energy and enthusiasm. I’ll take the enthusiastic writer, please.” –Sam, Editor
Alyice Edrich, a freelance writer, states another potential disadvantage of the “experienced” in her blog, The Dabbling Mum:
“Sometimes, editors simply reject articles from writers who’ve been blacklisted. Yes, you heard correctly. As ugly as it sounds, writers get blacklisted. In other words, whether from personal experience or networking conversations, if a freelance writer (or author) consistently has problems (been a pain to work with, refused to rewrite a piece based on editorial decisions, didn’t follow through on assignment, lied, delivered false information, had an exceptional query letter but delivered a sloppy article, is habitually late on turning in assignments, etc.) that name becomes synonymous with “do not work with.”
So, if you’re new to article marketing, be grateful for being new. Take advantage of it, tout it…along with your talent…and go find an editor who likes your style and is willing to help you shape you writing into something…really professional!
Then, of course, you’ll be an “experienced” writer, and moving into another arena of professional writing. Good luck. I know you can do it…and so do you.