Writer’s Wisdom 3

Send hundreds of queries!

Don’t take no for an answer, keep at it.  Eventually you will get a yes!

That is the advice of many seasoned published authors, unless you plan to become an independent or self-published author. It may sound obvious, but many will stop short of that.  If you love writing, but also intend to become a published author, then you have to send hundreds of queries if you don’t get answers right away.  Perseverance and focus are of the essence here.  For some, it goes faster than others.  It took Janet Evanovich, ten years going at it.  It took Stephenie Meyer, a few queries (less than 20).  Both of them are exceptional best selling authors.  However, if you love writing, are passionate about it, and can’t see yourself doing anything, but write, then approach each day with a smile, exercise your keyboard (or pen), arm yourself with the latest copy of the Writer’s Market (or go to writersmarket.com), and keep at it, eventually you’ll get a yes.

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2 thoughts on “Writer’s Wisdom 3

  1. Back in the 80’s i had this belief that if i wrote every single day…i’d get my 10 years of writing in and it would all fall into place. i bought a new writers market every single year..and did the SASE thing faithfully..i got published many times in mag – books and newspapers but never made money from the poetry/lyrics…Yet, when mydaughter decided to become a writer at the ripe age of 9, i put my all into helping her, especially with sharring my writers market and keeping in in SASE’s..she made lots of money and got into major magazines like Seventeen magazine, and many others..she ended up writing a book “365 days of walking the red road” and still makes a nice profit every year from that book..She dedicated the book to me.
    I still can’t hake off Poetry following me around, but came to the conclusion poets don’t make money.
    loved this post.

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