All I need is a break, time to recover and let my brain swirl, and new pitches come. It's always a force of will pitching new stories and putting myself out there, but the more I do it, the more it gets easier. I have a document titled pitches and I collect them all there, noting where I have submitted and been rejected, so I can return to a pitch and re-focus it in a new way for another publication. In the beginning I could only pitch on the back of a successful acceptance, using my joy as fuel to push through the imposter syndrome, but as I have created a foundation of success I am developing more confidence and the rejections roll off without a sting. So to pitch or not to pitch is never a question. Take a deep breath and launch yourself out into the world. This morning I submitted two pitches and followed up on another. I hope one of them lands, but if not, I'll re-pitch them again somewhere else
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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