The Art of Rejection


What do you do when a writer has spent time working on articles for your blog and they’re just not what you wanted? How do you politely say thanks for your time but I can’t use any of this material without major editing and rewriting? I’ve been getting lots of emails since I put up a post on Craigslist for writers.  The response has been phenomenal but the quality is lacking.  This morning I opened my email and read three submissions one writer sent me.


Finding quality content for your blog can be a challenge


I printed out one of the articles about How to Measure Your Cabinet Doors.  This is an article readers are on our site definitely need.  They need to feel confident they can accurately measure their replacement cabinet doors so they can go ahead and place their orders.  The writer said to work with a standard unit of measure like “feet” and “meters.” What? Measurements need to be in inches and they need to be exact.  Where was any mention of the door overlay? Of how to measure a split door? (A split door means the cabinet opening has 2 doors instead of just one.  Split doors are great if the cabinet opening is over 22 inches.)  The writer’s voice is clear and and overall the piece is easy to read.  But this wasn’t going to work for our blog.  I put off the dreaded rejection letter as long as possible.  Here is what I came up with after some consideration.

Dear Writer,
I had a chance to review your articles and would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into the writing.  You have a clear voice and good style.  These are not quite what I’m looking for.  You are a gifted writer but what I need is a bit more technical.  Our customers need specific info and these posts need to explain exactly how to measure the cabinet doors.  Customers are getting ready to order custom cabinets and need guidance.  How do they measure? What is a door overlay? What is a split door and how do you take a split door measurement? We manufacture the doors and measurements need to be spot on, down to the nearest 1/16th of an inch.  Precision is crucial.  We cannot just tell them to use a standard unit of measure.  Measurements must be in inches, we do not use meters.  Measuring incorrectly can be a waste of hundreds or thousands of dollars.  We want customers to feel confident that they can get accurate measurements after reading our blog post.
I will issue a $10 payment via PayPal for your effort but am unable to pay more than that, simply because I will have to do lots of editing to get them to work on our blog.  I recommend you post these articles on another site such as Constant Content if you are interested in selling them.  
What do you think? Too harsh? Looks like How to Measure Your Cabinet Doors is next on my list of articles I need to write.

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