What did I learn this past week about writing?
It was heavenly.
I pulled out some articles I had sent to magazines (no response yet), revamped them, and shipped them off (by email) to some anthologies that are taking submissions. I really enjoyed hitting that SEND button.
Then I dusted off some poems, sanded off their rough edges and sent them to anthologies, too. Whoo-hoo!
But what was really exciting was adding the finishing touches to some rebus stories. Over the past few months I've poured a lot of effort into learning how to write a decent rebus. They are short, and cute, and extremely difficult to write! (For me, anyway!) I was ecstatic to print out those babies and a brief, professional cover letter, slide them into a big brown envelope and ship them off to Highlights for Kids. It feels great to accomplish a goal and those rebus stories were a big goal for me. It may be that this particular magazine doesn't buy them. But I won't be crushed by that. I'm making a promise to myself to just ship them off to the next magazine on my list.
Next I opened a PB ms I've been polishing with a particular publisher in mind. Actually it isn't the ms I've been working on for the past few weeks. It's the accompanying proposal document. In this particular publisher's guidelines they have specific and detailed instructions for submitting what amounts to a proposal along with each ms. Such an in-depth document helps me to examine the foundation of my ms. It helps me to see ahead of time whether or not this ms comes anywhere close to the type of ms a publisher is searching for. It helps me clarify the theme and premise of my story. It forces me to do market research to see if there is even a possible market for my idea.
Proposals are a lot of work. But they help me to produce a better story, and to take aim at the best possible publishers. Yes, doing the proposal actually takes more time than the ms for me. But it's time well invested.
Time--so very valuable. I thank the Lord that I was able to use some of mine this week to accomplish some of my writing goals.
Now it's time for a nap! Occasionally that's a wise investment of my time, too.