Persistence – Be A Cog in the Wheel

15 Aug

Writer’s Note: This is Monday’s Column…I blame it on a sun flare. (In other words, here in the PNW it was too darn hot to write)

People who know me say that I am a pest. You know what? They are right, I am a pest and proud of it. I am that person who will call the customer service hotline a million times. I am the person who will wait on hold and if hung up on, will call back. I am the person who will check to see if the check has been sent if I don’t get it when I think I should. But I am persistent for a reason….I know that, as a writer, you have to be.

For some reason we get blown off a lot. People either think that we are not important enough to get paid or they figure that we won’t do anything about it. They also think they can put us off, after all what are we gonna do…we are, after all…just writers. Well, I will do something…I’ll bug you to death until you want to get rid of me so bad that you will pay me what you owe me just to make me go away. Hey, it works.

There are other reasons to be persistent too though. Publishers are usually really bogged down with submissions and if you don’t stay on them your manuscript will end up in the slush pile never to be heard from again. Most publishers don’t have time to remember every writer so it is up to you to make sure that they know who you are, what your story is and that you are worth publishing. I know it seems rude, but it really isn’t.

You have to care about your writing enough to be persistent with publishers. You have to be willing to jump up and down and scream look at me. I have one friend who makes videos ( in order to get the attention he needs. In some of his videos he’s even jumping up and down without his pants on! It works for him.

Now I am not advocating that taking your pants off is the way to draw attention to your book but I am saying that everything is on the table when it comes to being persistent. Follow up, follow up, follow up…as a writer you have to follow up…if you don’t slush pile here you come and, trust me, that is a zone many writers never come back from.



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4 responses to “Persistence – Be A Cog in the Wheel

  1. thehealthywarrior

    August 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

    As always, your advice is spot on and very much appreciated. Thanks a bunch.

  2. verasilver

    August 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Good advice.

  3. bflyzone

    August 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    You can always stand naked in the middle of a grocery store and yell pudding. Yes, I am still laughing about that one.


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