I am excited to start open/closed pitch reading periods in 2016. Just a reminder that the first open pitch period of 2016 starts two weeks from today!
What are the two biggest mistakes people are making?
Sending attachments. I do not open attachments. In the past I have responded and reminded people of this–even though it is clearly stated in the guidelines–however, in the future I will simply delete your pitch.
Sending pitches during closed periods. I received several queries this month and people started their email with, “I know your pitch reading is closed right now so you probably won’t need to read this for awhile…” I responded to you and reminded you the closed period is called that for a reason. This is the first break I’ve had from the super overwhelming influx of queries I get buried in.
Both of these mistakes tell me that people are not reading the guidelines. However, many people are reading the guidelines–so many in fact that I am full of guest bloggers through the summer of 2016. So keep in mind if you pitch me in the coming months, the earliest you might get a spot as a guest contributor is the fall of 2016.
Two pieces of advice to help increase your chances of acceptance?
- Read the guidelines. Please.
- Be active on social media. I’d love to see some pitches from individuals with significant Twitter followers.