It's my birthday and I can be lazy if I want too! Woo hoo my bff took me out to dinner on Saturday to celebrate and tonight we're gonna watch a movie together. I'm finally going to see the Hobbit. I know I'm late to the party again... but that's alright cuz I don't have to pay outrageous prices for mediocre popcorn and flat soda pop! I am very excited!
Yesterday I challenged myself. I wrote an article called, "When did Christians start hating homosexuals?" and presented it to a nice Gay and Lesbian magazine. I should hear back in a few weeks or so.
After I had written the article and before I had sent it I ran into a mental block, not the kind that blocks your ability to write but the kind that stops you from moving. Remember at the beginning of the year when I said that I was going to swallow my fears... well here they were staring me in the face. People think that it's easy to just send your work to a publisher, but it's not. Not only do you actually write the piece but then you have to write a short letter explaining to the publisher why your story is better than any one else's. That is not as easy as it sounds. But the really difficult part is sending your work to someone else and asking them to say it is worthy of reading. That is what they do. They aren't nice about and they aren't there to make you feel good.
So I stood up and paced the room and talked to myself and this is what I said; What would Joan Jett do? She has a line in one of songs in which she is talking about her early years, "I've never been afraid of chances I was taking." What a line, I don't know anyone that isn't afraid of chances, but JJ is unafraid. She got dozens of rejection letters and ended up paying to have albums pressed and then she sold them out of the trunk of her managers car. Eventually she became what she is today, but she has always been Joan Jett. Had she been afraid of taking chances, she would still be Joan Jett but no-one would have a clue who she was, but because she took chances and believed in herself she is famous.
Today writers have the opportunity to self-publish and the marketing can either be purchased or you can do it yourself, like Joan did. But with this opportunity there are more fish in the water so to speak. Everyone is self-publishing because it is simpler and clearly cheaper. But not everyone is a good author. Traditional Publishers have a larger task than they ever have in trying to cull the good from the bad. This means that they take even less time considering each work. So your presentation must be spot on or your work is in the trash and you either get a thanks but no thanks letter or nothing at all.
With all of that in my mind I paced the floor and decided that I needed to just bite the bullet and send the piece. Now I'm just going to have to see what they say. I guess you could say for my birthday I gave myself the present of a chance to be published, even an article is huge to a writer and this article has been on my mind for a while. If they don't pick it up then I'll just send it to other magazines and see what happens.
For now, I'm gonna have a drink and be a little lazier now that the laundry is done. In the meantime please folks, be good to each other.