Loving What You Write

Last week, I blogged about Sara’s Zarr’s presentation at the SCBWI winter conference.  She spoke about living a sustainable creative life.  Part of this is loving the writing process.  Understandably, a big part of loving the writing process comes in writing things you love.

Another vital part, and one that I should have noodled over a little harder, is writing for publishers and publications you love.

As is so often the case, I’ve been trying to break into new markets.  I came across a recent call for manuscripts and read the sample.  “I can do this,” I thought.  “And I can do it even better.”

Ugh.

If you read a magazine or a series of books from a publisher and think, “I can do exactly what you want and I can do it so much better,” than this is not the market for you.

I repeat:

This

is

not

the

market

for

you.

Move on.  Why?  Because you aren’t in love with what this publisher does, obviously, or you wouldn’t be so certain that you could do a better job.

Instead of drafting a manuscript for this market, go in search of another that makes you think “I’d love to publish here.”  That’s the market you need to try . . .

. . . unless you have a hole in the wall that you want to cover with a rejection letter.

–SueBE