My name is Lauren Tharp. In addition to running my own writing business, I’m the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Be A Freelance Blogger. And while I’m pretty happy-go-lucky on the forum, I’m a complete hardass behind the editor’s desk.
No, really. I’m a hardass by the very definition of hardass:
Noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1. A person who follows rules and regulations meticulously and enforces them without exceptions.
But there’s a good reason for this.
And it’s a reason that you, as a writer, should be aware of — whether you decide to pitch an idea to me or any other editor.
Querying: Every Editor Has the Same Number One Rule
Want to know that every editor I’ve ever spoken to has had to say about pitches/query letters?
The writer needs to follow the guidelines.
I’ve said the same thing myself, numerous times:
- “Q is for Querying”
- “Why Your Guest Posts Keep Getting Rejected”
- “Video Answer: Why Do My Pitches Keep Getting Rejected?”
- “How NOT to Get Your Guest Post Published”
And you know what writers say in reply…?
“It’s really not that big a deal…”
“Can’t you make an exception for me…?”
“Why are you such a stickler for the rules?!”
“I’m so great, I don’t have to read the guidelines!”
Most freelance writers/bloggers are professional enough to “get” why the guidelines are important. But for those who aren’t — or are simply curious — here’s exactly why I, and every other editor worth their salt, is a friggin’ “hardass” about the rules: See more ›