Monday, January 16, 2012

They're Just Not That Into You

     Let's face, as writers we experience a certain amount of frustration on a daily basis.  Whether it's trying to meet deadlines, tracking down contacts for an article, or trying to get a speedier response from an editor. A good portion of our time as freelancers is spent querying those potential one-time employers, who will let us write for their magazine.  But, sometimes, we don't always hear back from those editors.  It can be frustrating as Hell.  We send our follow-up queries every week like clockwork, never thinking that we are maybe being too pushy, or coming off as needy.
     Just as in relationships, we are left wondering "why won't they call me" (or in our case, "why won't they email me back)?  "  We begin to question ourselves as writers, and then out comes the chocolate and that quart of Cherry Garcia ice cream.  When in reality, there are probably a myriad of reasons why that specific editor hasn't gotten back to us.  Maybe what we queried them with doesn't fit the theme of their magazine.  Maybe our query got lost in the hundreds of other emails they receive on a daily basis.  Or maybe they just didn't like what we had to query them with, and they don't have the common decency to email us back to let us know.  I mean, they can at least do that can't they?!
     So, as in the dating world, if you haven't heard back in a certain amount of time, then maybe that editor wasn't worth working with after all.  There are plenty of other editors in the literary pool, perhaps one of them will buy your idea.

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