It’s late Tuesday evening and you are checking your feedreader, email and social networking sites one more time before you disappear into a mound of wrapping paper, yummy meals and family fun. You know there’s something you forgot to do. What is it? Write an article? Nope. Follow up on a source? Nope.
The query challenge! That’s it!
Where are you on the query challenge? Have you pitched a publication yet? Remember we wanted to do this by Christmas so we’d start the New Year off right with either a great or an encouraging response or heck, let’s be honest – any response.
If you haven’t pitched yet, don’t feel guilty, let’s focus on making progress. I’m not letting you off the hook, mind you. You made a commitment people and I expect a progress report!
What are some of the barriers to pitching a publication or company?
- Ego or lack thereof. Stop telling yourself you have no right to pitch, beware of short-changing yourself.
- Writer’s block. Are you really out of ideas or using that as an excuse? Do whatever it takes to get the juices flowing and get back to work.
- Lack of info. Who’s the right editor? Is this section written by freelancers or staff? Check out this post to get yourself going in the right direction: “Query Challenge: Dear Random Editor:“
- Waiting. On what may I ask? More time? Good luck with that one. Stop with the excuses and take steps to get your career going to the next level.
How’s the challenge coming? Details! Details!