ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Deal with Constant Rejections as a Freelance Writer

Updated on July 5, 2011

I am not a big fan of rejections. In fact, I hate them more than anything. But, I'm slowly learning how to deal with them, and get past them to get to that next big break.

I like to think of rejections as those stepping stones which makes writers better, or makes writers work even harder to prove themselves to others and allow them to make a name for them in this business. I should know, because I have had to prove myself time and time again against a lot of people, and I still do it from time to time. The one good thing about rejection, however, is not the fact that writers do not get the job, but the fact that the majority of the time, writers get feedback on what they are doing wrong, and get a chance to work on those defects.

But, my questions still stands: How do you get past rejection(s)?

The answer is not simple, and its not easy to explain either. The jist of it is simply this: You work on your writing and you move on. If one person does not like your writing or your technique, it does not mean that others will feel the same way!

It may sound as easy as just "moving on" from one job offer to the next, but in reality, when a writer chooses to apply for a job, and they do not get it, sometimes that rejection can be taken seriously or personally. The very worst thing that any writer can do is take rejection personally. I also know about this, because I've done it before, and it has not worked well for me.

When I started my freelance business, I did so thinking that it was going to be easy starting to work for others as simply signing up for websites and writing. Yes, I did the content mill thing, and I still do, but not full time anymore. That made me some money, but I wanted to be more accomplished and start getting my own clients. When I first applied for jobs online, I got most of them, but then there were those that would hire me, find defects on my writing, and let me go automatically.

This without a doubt made me feel as if it was me that clients didn't like. This shouldn't happen to others. Writers should take rejections as it comes. It will happen, but its also very important to remember that there are more than hundreds of jobs available online, not to mention content mills that writers can write for and get a small chunk of money.

Its also important to remember that every writer can contribute to this business in their own way. This is what makes this business so great, and why writers are constantly making money from their writing!

Have fun writing!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jessi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Rangel 

      6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      I agree with your comment! I'm actually working on a Hub about how to re-evaluate your career and freshen it up a bit! It can be hard to take rejections as a writer. I know many freelance writers who got rejected almost their entire year when they started out as freelancers. So they decided to stay and write for content mills. Soon after, they started receiving and accepting job offers online.

      I think rejection is normal, and writers should learn that everyone has had to deal with it..

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I agree moving forward is important--but I also think that rejection, if it is constant, may signal a time to evaluate and take other steps--maybe not off the path, but maybe a bit to the left or the right--

    • Jessi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Rangel 

      7 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Everyone will experience rejection, even if they are not freelance writers. But to freelance writers, rejection either makes them or breaks them. I feel like rejection made me the writer I am today. I got so many "NO's" But, hey! I'm still making it. Each and every day! Anyone can do it!

    • dashingscorpio profile image


      7 years ago

      If one truly believes that everything will happen as it should then rejection is nothing more than a confirmation that you were not meant to be connected to "that particlar opportunity". Keep placing one foot in front of the other and move foward. Not everyone is going to say no!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)