Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Query Letter vs. Resume

So I've been thinking about how to publish my coming book.

Obviously I could either self publish or find a publisher...  I won't go into my pro's and con's of each route, we'll save that for another time.

Anyway, for the sake of this post, I recently read an article by a professional journalist (link posted below).  She wrote a book she hated and she pitched it and it got rejected.  She then wrote a book she loved and she pitched it and it too got rejected.  Depending on how literal she was being, it sounds like she pitched the idea to only a few agents / publishers / editors.

 I was laid off a couple of years ago.  During that time, I sent countless resumes in all directions.  I took classes and got certifications (despite that I already had a degree).  I went to job interviews, handed out resumes in person and filled out applications online that took anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half... and mostly for jobs that weren't the least bit appealing.  After months (no less than six) of doing this my efforts landed me a job.

HERE'S MY POINT:
If I decide to seek an agent / publisher / editor, I plan to express the same effort.  After all, my effort will not be toward a job flipping burgers or selling over-priced electronics or hauling boxes around...  It will be for a job I dream to have.  Therefore, shouldn't I put in at least as much effort?  And more??
What if after sending a few resumes out and getting a 'NO' back for each one, I had just said, "Oh well, clearly I'm not meant to work..."?
(I'm not saying people DON'T do that, I'm sure some do.)

I'm just saying that when my time comes, I'm not taking NO for an answer.

Time will tell if I stand by what I have said here.


Here's the link to the quitter:  WAH WAH!

3 comments:

  1. I totally agree with your commitment. It takes a huge amount of persistence and dedication to make it in the publishing world.
    Wishing you luck! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lexa.
      Hopefully my previous experiences in rejection have provided me thick enough skin to withstand some emotional beating.

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