Thursday, September 1, 2016

Life Lessons: Be Persistent

“Keep sending out queries. If the agents and the publishers turn down the first thing, send them a second thing. Then send them a third thing. Then send them a fourth thing. Then send them the first thing again to see if they like it better the second time. Keep pitching. Keep asking. Just don’t quit.

“Keep a list of everything you send out, along with the date you sent it and the date you expect to hear back. Customize your pitches. Learn to write proposals. Pitch everybody. Tell people you’re looking for representation and a publisher, because you never know who may be able to help you. Add to your list every day. In six months if you’re not getting two or three rejections in the email or snail mail every week, you’re not doing your job. The idea is to find someone who either a) recognizes the quality in your work or b) figures your persistence will have some value in their marketing.

—Michael Long