Sunday, June 29, 2008

Opportunity Knocks

Ah, when I get that 3-book contract, how sweet it will be.

"Hey, Susan, XYZ ezine is looking for articles."

Yawn. Someday, I'll be interviewed on Larry King Live.

"Guess what? I read on so-and-so's blog that a new anthology is looking for submissions."

Sigh. When is that big break going to happen?

Sound familiar? How many of us are dreaming about that super deal, but allow scores of writing gigs to pass us by without a second glance? Maybe it's not the ideal assignment, but it's a step in the right direction.

Scripture tells us not to despise small beginnings. Each time one of my submissions is published, I'm adding to my writing resume. This blog is here because those small successes gave me the confidence to take another step forward. Every day, I'm writing (even if I'm not posting), learning the craft, and becoming industry savvy.

When that writing opportunity knocks, roll up your sleeves, and fire up that computer. Scan those Writer Guidelines, and submit your best work. The writing life is not about instantaneous publication, but rather progress in small, steady increments.

Hmm, I think I'll go work on a devotional. That last acceptance letter said they hoped I'd submit again.


Annie said...

Very good advice!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Annie -

Thanks! I'm glad you found it helpful.

Susan :)