I hate cutting short a writing opportunity, one where my foot is in the door. It may need to be done on occasion, though. It is usually the employer or publisher that terminates an opportunity or a job, but sometimes the writer also does. Why, o, why, though? But if I cut short something, it is because I can see no way forward with the publisher. If I have been submitting unusable or unsuitable material, I am also quick to admit that I can change some things about my work that may be better for both of us. However, if a payback is not going to be obviously forthcoming, I would not bother. On the other hand, if a writer or employee is in the throes of a job and the publisher or employer terminates the job for good reason, the pain is on the writer’s side, and it is indeed painful. These situations are not very nice at all. But sometimes there is no way forward after a certain amount of time has come and gone and no further progress has been made. Why bother?
I do not like writing about rejection, but it is something that unfortunately happens in the publishing world, although in a perfect world, I wish for better. Rejection is canny as it feels the same no matter who you are talking to. It always feels one-sided, because one party is doing the rejecting. The person being rejected can really feel its sting. But, strangely, as odd as it seems, rejections in the publishing world have a positive side. Who would have thought that?
Rejection makes writers know which publishers they do not belong to. The publisher sees you as unsuitable—which must be a good thing as you can tick that part of the world off on your travels. Been there, done that. Though when the writer gets acceptances, they find a place in the publishing world. I came, I saw, I conquered, in other words. I found a place to belong. Rejections and acceptances work out to decide who is where on the publishing map.
But it’s not only the publisher doing the rejection. The writer can reject the publisher as well. In the end, we all know here we stand on the publishing map. Writers have a place in or outside that world.
Writer’s Guidelines: gotta follow them 100 percent. Every detail must be covered. This is how the work gets done. I ask myself why? Isn’t the piece itself good enough? The body of the work may be good, but then an editor tells you to follow the guidelines closely. What could be the consequences of not doing that? Might not give you another assignment. Bad impression. Careless. Disrespect. The list of negatives is endless. Doing it right, means the work can get published most times. Better to be safe than sorry.
Is a product filling your media needs? Do you even have media needs, but still peruse the newspapers and websites for the latest piece of information? Me personally, I have media needs now. I want to know what’s going with the biggest story of the day: Covid-19. But even when I don’t have a big need for media, I’m still curious. The media is everywhere and provide the most seductive stories for good or ill. The Covid-19 stories are naturally seductive as this effects all of us. I’m finding the Covid-19 stories quite informative and interesting as well. I’m not trying to gauge the big picture, but gathering day-by-day the information that I need. With this issue, the media has been helpful and informative for me — while at other times it may not — and for everyone because we need to be up to date on this issue, for our safety and security. However, it can become too much when I get “depressed” by Covid-19 stories, so I tend to take a break then and keep my media to a minimum. In the end, I am only engaging the essential information, on an issue I need to know about. This is one time I need the media and want to know more, but must keep a check on when the negative creeps back in.
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…