By Terreece M. Clarke
Think about the top three publications where you’d like to be published. Got ‘em? Now take the FWJ query challenge.
Between now and Christmas, research, develop and submit a stunning query for those three publications. If you are a business writer, do the challenge with three clients you’d like to land.
I’m talking about serious work – going to the library to look through back issues, zoning in on a section, finding the correct editor to pitch to and carefully crafting a spectacular query.
We sometime underestimate ourselves. I hear writers say all the time they don’t have this or that to approach a publication or client. So ask yourself these things: “Do you have clips?”, “Do you have a great idea?” if no to those two, “Do you have the capacity to get those things?” Then do it.
Create writing samples, troll for great angles that fits your desired publication, eliminate excuses – which is what this is all about anyway. The holiday season is a great time to do this because many writers are slacking off, indeed many editors are too which means your query may sit longer, but that’s fine because you’ve got the holiday hubbub to distract you!
The query challenge is also designed to set you up for the upcoming year. You may not land all of three pubs, but it gives you a jumping off point and a place to refocus your energy.
So are you ready to take the challenge? Then publicly declare yourself. In the comments below, state you’re taking the challenge and if you’re comfortable telling us – declare the publications. Between now and Christmas we’re going to talk more about crafting queries, etc. and checking progress so sign up now!