I’ve removed the clutter of my notes and story ideas into a separate space so I am not reminded that I want to write those into larger stories. With that out of the way, the next step in my publishing journey is in finding suitable publishers for fiction and stories, probably for novellas, scripts and short stories, and poetry. In other words, thorough market research before any serious writing of new projects is done. I have been researching markets in the past at times, but this time, I am intending to look even closer, so I come to a satisfactory conclusion.
Why die striving and starving as a full-time freelance writer? Don’t mind, because there is more to life, he said. The last rejection was the last.
A couple of years ago I had an opportunity to write stories about people’s experiences and insights into living the Christian life, but the ones I approached to find out who in their church would be interested for a chat about their lives, never got back to me. Email made it easier, I suppose, to go on to something else. With email, you don’t have to reply. I understood that people might have been reluctant to share their lives with me and the public, and that finding out if there are people who have “testimonies” is always leg work for others, but it was a potential series of articles that haven’t come to be. They haven’t materialized. I was sorry about that. Considering, there are editors who might turn a page of my work with a disdainful eye (but really it’s probably a sorry they couldn’t publish it), the editors who are interested in stories about people from me, don’t get to see it. The irony is painful. In this case, I will have to find the stories myself–my own contacts and relationships and approach them directly, or build new contacts and relationships. One has said ‘no’ so far. But is the publisher still going to be around post Covid-19? There are more pressing issues at hand…
How does one work with editors that are forthright in their point of view?Well, these editors have other qualities as well. Editors may have a strong viewpoint, but they are not black and white. If one gets the nod, then one has to work with whoever the editor is, and what happens if the editor is straight down the middle and tells it like it is? I had an editor who didn’t like many movies and said to me that reviews of movies was the definitely last thing on their list. Although this is pretty standard for some niche publications whose audience is focused on other matters than secular pictures. I was a little disappointed at the time, having done reviews, but the editor compromised a little and said they would take reviews of suitable films for the audience. In the end, I got a few pages worth of reviews, with this particular editor. Although he was observed as forthright, he was also flexible.
So, one can get to know the various qualities of an editor once one has worked with one, and that may not be as black and white as one may originally think.
It’s always helpful for a writer to see the ‘colors’ of an editor before one thinks it will always be done a certain way. Time will tell.