If you don’t know already but this blog was born out of the intention to awake freelancers, freelance writers especially, to other realities of freelancing besides the money. One of these realities is addressing issues that often turn out to be nightmares for many freelance writers, but which everybody is ignoring by the way because we are all busy talking about the bucks.
Whether you’re a freelance writer on job boards or content mill sites or perhaps you’re a non-content mill freelance writer, you just have to do some sort of pitching if you ever want to get clients. Although the bidding sites choose to polish theirs to be called bidding or proposal, don’t get carried away, both still mean the same thing — i.e a process of expressing interest in writing for a person, business, agencies, or company for an agreed fee.
My thought is that freelance writers will prefer cold pitching to bidding on content mills because of the latter’s army of freelance writers that might be difficult to conquer. And more so, the type of clients that are gotten via cold pitching are usually high-paying clients as opposed to those of the bidding sites (or let’s say pay from clients gotten from cold pitching just trumped those of the content mills by a little margin. Whichever).
While it is the truth that every freelancer will like to have those high-paying clients, fact remains that everybody cannot have them all at the same time. That’s why it’s important you know what before you go about hunting those high-paying clients.
Now enough of the gallivanting around. I have arrived at a point where a pitch has been sent over a week now without any response. While it is often suggested that one week is the best time for a reminder email, there is no statistical backings or some sort to prove this neither is it a certainty the remainder email guarantees a reply. In my opinion, you may just want to send a reminder email at anytime you’re beginning to suspect the delay in response is becoming too longer than necessary.
To send a reminder message without being too pushy, in this case, the second reminder email, just send something in the simple format of the below:
Hi [insert client name],
I thought I should follow up to ensure you got my last email.
When you send the second reminder, you might include a copy of your first email in the body of the second email, or save this for the third email. But if you don’t want to bother your head with attaching a copy of the first message, you just might use the ‘sent’ feature of your mailing client/server rather than use the ‘compose new message’ feature. From the simple test I conducted from my Gmail account and my professional email hosted by Webmail, I discovered upon sending a new message through the message thread of the old one, that the messages were arranged as one, with the old message floating at the top when it is opened to be read.
For me, I wouldn’t go beyond the third email reminder. I would’ve waited a longer time than the second reminder, though, then I’ll shoot the third and the last reminder. I’ll let the client know in my third reminder that I understand that he/she is busy and that I respect their time.
The above is what I usually do with clients who I feel are not responding to my pitches. I have recorded success with this as well as failures. And this method for reminding client does not look pushy or too pushy, or does it?
Sam is a freelance content writer. He blogs at 1stclasswriters.com where he shares his knowledge and experience about the freelance writing business. When Sam is not writing, he could be on his social channels chatting up like minds.