>I challenge you to join mePosted: February 24, 2009
>I am so bummed. An essay that went all the way to the final production stages has been cut from an upcoming anthology. I mean, I signed the contract, approved the edits and was ready to broadcast the news to the world. Then today I received your basic “Dear Sue” e-mail: “I’m sorry to inform you that . . . We encourage you to submit elsewhere . . . ” Blah, blah, blah. Yes, it does happen even to people with lots of publishing credits and books on the library shelves. And it sucks every time.
What’s the cure? Send it out again. And send out other things, too. In fact, while writing this, a Facebook friend sent me a message saying exactly that. It’s a great essay, it deserves to be published, and nothing will happen while it sits on a shelf and I pout. So I promise to send it out again within the week.
Now I have a challenge for you. I need to get more queries and finished pieces out to editors. You probably do, too. Who will join me in pledging to send out a query or finished piece of writing at least once every two weeks and report back here about what it was, where it went and what happened? Show of hands? Come on.
I thought this up in yoga class while I was supposed to be clearing my mind. My original idea was once a week, but then I suspected I wouldn’t be able to keep up that pace. So every two weeks, twice a month. Sending out something that has been rejected or even published before counts. Everything counts as long as you’re sending something to an editor in hope of publication. It doesn’t even have to be a paying market. Just get it out there. Two weeks from now is March 10, the day after my birthday.
I’m doing it. Join me. Let’s make 2009 the year we get published in spite of the economy.