I officially got dumped by a client this week. I had been regularly writing articles for this specific client for a couple months now. Out of the blue, I receive a notice that my writing was not what he wanted any longer and he had to add too much to it before publishing. Mind you, I would bold words – he tells me he would take care of them. I add pictures – he tells me he prefers to do the illustrations.
I can honestly say I was not doing my best work. I made sure to never spend more than an hour researching and writing each article because the pay was not enough to even spend that much time. The client expected me to spend my own money to download apps and then research before writing each article. Downloading the apps alone cost more than how much he was paying. This means before I start to write, I am into negative payment. I did ask him on two occasions if there was a budget for apps purchase or if there was any way to increase the pay. Never once up until this point did he tell me he did not like my writing, and I had written at least ten at that point.
After reading the rejection letter, I felt cheated. I felt personally attached even though it is all business and nothing personal. However, my personal brand is ME both professionally and personally. It makes me sad to think someone did not appreciate my work. What it does mean is that I put myself out there and out of all the clients I have gained, there has only been one rejection. That doesn’t seem too bad.
I try to take everything as a learning experience. This teaches me that not everyone is going to like everything I do, but I need to keep going because there are many who do like what I have to offer. It also teaches me that I really need to focus on every project and not let any out the door that would not have my stamp of approval, no matter what I am being paid.
Have any of you received a rejection? Tell your stories in the comments below.