Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

Sunday, April 26, 2009

So, here's an update about my quest to get published in bigger magazines.

I've been sending out queries and my gosh, it can be so frustrating. Just the act of tracking down the current names of editors, and sending things to the right editors. Spending my time attaching clips and customizing query letters. Only to be told--yet again--that the idea is spot on but they just covered it, or that it doesn't suit their readers. (I think these magazines want the same ideas regurgitated because they don't like anything too focused; and I read some of these mags and would love to see some of these ideas covered.)

I told my husband the other day that I felt like a failure. I just wanted it to happen so bad--but I am confident it's just a matter of time. So the real problem is that I'm impatient (I knew that!)

So it's a waiting game.

But I'm armed. I've been churning out a few query letters each month and have a massive golden rolodex ala Excel constantly being added to. It's making the query process much easier.

I'm wondering what types of creative dreams you have, and what aspects of them drain you?

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OpenID tadpoleontheweb commented at 9:31 AM~  

Never give up. It just takes one to get the ball rolling. So much of what gets someone from dream to reality is about being at the right place at the right time. So persistence can help you be everywhere all the time so that you're always ready when an opportunity presents itself. It's the law of averages.

But more importantly, focus on what you love to do in spite of success or the lack thereof and you'll be happy.

I, for one, have too many creative ideas and not enough time to execute them. That's my own lack of fulfillment. My life is strewn with unfinished projects.

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