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Haven’t Heard Back: Is It Okay to Call an Editor?

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One of my clients sent a pitch for a blog post to a very large public blog that would be perfect for her audience. She didn’t hear back.

She called the editor and left a brief message. Good thing she did. The e-mail had been mis-routed and the editor had never received it. The editor sent an e-mail thanking her for the call, telling her about the mistake and saying she’d be in touch early next week.

You certainly don’t want to be obnoxious in contacting editors, but if you’ve pitched a blog post or story and haven’t heard back, it’s certainly appropriate to make sure they received your e-mail and mention a brief sentence or two about the pitch.

It’s just too easy for e-mails to end up in never-never land. And it’s important to get your message out there. Be polite. Be brief. But sure–make that call.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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