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Question: Is This a Typical Editorial Response?

Question: Recently, I answered an ad for a freelance writer. I wrote to the editor with a query and seemingly was accepted, but had a few more questions to ask the editor before I actually began the article. So I emailed her back with my questions, and never heard back from her. I wrote her again asking if there was a problem, and still never heard back. Is this a common practice for editors to just quit communicating with you after seemingly getting the assignment? MJ

Answer: Hi MJ - no, it's not typical behavior, at least not for well established publications, both online and off. But, when you're answering an online ad for freelance writers and editors, you often have no idea if the person publishing the ad is a professional or has a well established publication.

It's often a pig in a poke, so to speak.

Another factor is the response to an online ad for a writer can be overwhelming. I've had publications ask me to pull their ad within a couple of days of publishing it because they have so many responses.

My hunch is the editor was expecting the article from you and probably got an acceptable one from someone else.

My advice is to keep applying, but know that strange things may happen from time-to-time.

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