What not to do when a reporter rejects your pitch

It’s always a bummer when a reporter says no to a pitch, but it’s not the end of the world. Pull yourself together, and stay away from these bridge-burners.

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Most of us don’t handle rejection well. Ever since we were kids and our crushes shot us down, we’ve never gotten used to the painful sting of rejection.

Any kind of rejection sucks. Rejection in business pursuits can hurt, too.

But if you’re a PR person, you’d better get used to it.

Call us gluttons for punishment, but those of us who work in PR get rejected pretty regularly. We deal with bloggers, reporters, editors, producers and others who say no to our pitches every day.

But if you don’t learn how to handle rejection well, you’re going to burn a lot of bridges and possibly harm your brand. Don’t do any of the following things when a reporter rejects your pitch:

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