Writing Persistence Wins in the Long Run
Persistence is the key to success. Out of 100 people, only 50 will finish their writing project. Out of those 50, about 25 will quit after their first rejection. Out of the remaining 25, only 12 will follow the guidelines & submit properly. Out of that 12, only 7 or 8 will match their work to the proper source.
Your odds are better than you thought! Here’s the moral to the story:
1. Choose your market FIRST and then write the story/article to match the market. (Line up three markets at a time so that when [not if] you get your rejection slip, you can pop it into the mail to the next market)
2. Finish the project
3. Edit it properly
4. Read the market’s guidelines and follow them to the letter
5. Call the market and learn the editor’s name. Be sure to get the spelling correct. (Editors move around a lot. You may see the editor’s name as you research, but that’s old news. That editor may not still be there.)
6. Submit, submit, submit, submit
7. Keep your rejection slips. Frame them in gold. It means you went further than 93% of the writers did.
8. Pop it into the mail to the next market. If it doesn’t sell after three submissions, something is wrong. Ask a veteran writer to look at it and and give you an honest critique.
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