I’m having a professional dilemma of sorts. Business is progressing at a slower pace which means that I am spending lots of time marketing. June was a month doing more marketing for my business, and I did get more repeat business from two of my main clients.
One issue is niggling at me though, and while I am not losing sleep over it, I am feeling a mixture of disappointed and uncertainty. I think I may have named the issue but here it is in full – and I’d like to get your feedback on what to do:
I wrote an article for an online publication which is quite well known. I had the impression that it would get published so all I did was follow up a few times to enquire if my article was okay/was my revision okay/when would it get published? This was not so much about money but more about the brand cachet I would get from it. I was excited. I was thrilled at the idea of getting published there because I think it would further my copywriting future.
I never really got a definitive answer from the publication and I received a terse email from the editor saying that I should basically not be following up as much because the more I follow up, the less likely they know when it will be published. I never replied to that email – I was really surprised that I received such a curt email because I think my request was fairly straightforward. Other magazines I wrote for told me when my article would be published, so I just I would enquire.
One month has passed.
I didn’t reply back because I didn’t want to irk the commissioning contact.
However – now I am thinking – did I just roll over? Was that behaviour really necessary? What should I do? Part of me wants to email her again and follow up with her, but then I don’t want to receive another brusque email.
I don’t think it’s fair to treat anyone who is simply following up in a rude way. I mean, it was not a cold email – they told me to write the story.
It’s a catch 22 situation.