Seek Twice as Many Rejections

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Seek Twice as Many Rejections

Gladys Merek and Kat
My neighbor’s 90th birthday. Her daughter brought her to my book signing at Barnes and Nobles

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.

Lesson Learned:

Do It Afraid!

Often I stuttered on the phone, but perseverance paid off. 

Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford

Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s website lionheartedkat.com.Read her journal through breast cancer and the loss of her husband: www.caringgiver/visit/org.
Kat Crawford

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