Some people wonder how I've been published in many different magazines
and written a number of books. Yes some of it boils down to having a basic writing
talent. Some of it involves learning the craft of pitching and writing
queries then building relationships with different editors and literary agents. Yet
another factor is critical.
I do not believe that I'm the best storyteller or the best writer in the
room. I continually work at being a better storyteller and writer. I do have a
critical trait necessary to succeed in the publishing world: persistence and
perseverance. If an editor or agent says to me, “That sounds like a good idea.
Write that up and send it to me.”
I slip away for a minute and write down the idea, then I create a plan when I
get home to write the work and send it off to the editor or agent in a timely
manner. If you wait months or years, the editor or agent may have forgotten
the conversation. On the other hand, if you follow through, you will stand apart
as one of the few people to do so.
Some writers get worried and scared about the competition and the massive
volume of submissions in the marketplace for few spots. Yes the volume is
certainly there—as I can validate from the volume of submissions I receive as an
acquisitions editor. Yet there are ways to stand apart from
the other submissions.
1. Craft an excellent article or proposal or manuscript
2. Seize the opportunity and if someone asks for it, submit your material.
When I became an editor, I was surprised at the few people who followed
through on the opportunity and submitted their material. Now that submission has
to be appropriate for the magazine or book publisher or literary agent. But if it
is, then it will be read an considered—because the writer actually took action
when the opportunity was there.
Let's pause for a second and consider your exchanges or interaction with
editors or literary agents. Have you been encouraged to send your material? Have
you followed through and taken action? If not, do it today and you will
distinguish yourself from others at a particular event or conference.
I want to conclude with a new opportunity for you. Wednesday evening, March
11th (in a couple of days), I'm going to be interviewing Rick Frishman, the publisher
James and the driving force behind Author 101 University.
For many years, Rick ran one of the largest public relations firms in the United
States, Planned Television Arts (now called Media Connect). He is
intimately familiar with the process of building buzz about an author and book
in the marketplace.
University is not a Morgan James event. Rick brings in publishers, literary agents
and many publishing professionals. It is held twice a year and I know from
attending there are numerous people at this event that you will not be able to
reach and speak with—unless you attend Author 101 University.
The training is unique and excellent.
Here's your opportunity—if you take it: Wednesday I'm interviewing Rick and asking your questions
around the topic, “Why attend a writer's conference?” During our LIVE event,
Rick will be giving away several free registrations to Author 101 University
next month in Los Angeles. To win one of these opportunities, you have to be
on the LIVE call
and be able to attend the event next month. I understand that winning a
free registration, it will still involve some expense to attend the event. Go to
and register for the LIVE event.
I encourage you to take action when you receive an opportunity. It gives you
the best chance for achieving your publishing dreams.
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