Seek Twice as Many Rejections
In January 2007 I reviewed my writing credits. In the past year I had sold a few Sunday School handout articles, wrote for a newspaper for free (great experience) and sold my stories to several compilations. Of course, I also wrote for my blog, the church blog, a church drama and designed cards. None of the latter brought in income.
My first goal for 2007: Receive twice as many rejections in that year as I did in 2006.
YOU CANNOT SELL WHAT YOU DON’T SUBMIT
I hung the above on my desk in large letters.
At the end of 2007 I recorded more rejections, but on the positive side, I made more money than I had in the past three years combined.
For the next few weeks I will post lessons I learned about writing, marketing, and getting acquainted with other writers, editors and publishers. .
To begin, at a writers conference I heard about an anthology called “A Cup of Comfort.” I sold them many stories and devotionals until they quit their publications. “The Cup of Comfort” publisher was the only anthology producer I ever knew who paid the author to hold book signings.
The idea of extra money pushed me to find sales locations in Nebraska and Oregon.
In the past I had worked in the pre-need arrangement of a funeral home. I made calls to family members of the deceased. Although my boss didn’t consider these tele-marketing, many families did, but in the process I learned to make cold calls.
Because of the cold call knowledge and the idea of more dollars, I called many pastors, bookstores and newspapers. I spoke in Sunday morning worship services in small churches miles from home and met a boatload of believers who not only bought Cup of Comfort, they became my prayer partners.
Do It Afraid!
Often I stuttered on the phone, but perseverance paid off.
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