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Desperation Rules the Day

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If you are writing and have what is called writer’s block, close your Notepad or computer and take a break. By doing so, it will give you the chance to think of something else apart from your writing. Therefore, when you later return to it bright-eyed and bushy tail, as they say, you will feel more relaxed.

You should never let the time spent writing get you down. Like any job you do, try and enjoy it. As the old saying goes, ‘A contented workman is a good workman.” Once you have completed a story, if you are wise, you will have it professionally edited. Your next step is to try and find an agent/publisher, which can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I used to send our inquiry letters to around ten agents at a time, then wait for approximately six weeks, or whatever period the agent stated it would take to receive a reply. I would then send in a polite reminder about my proposal. Once done, I would then send out ten more inquiry letters to another group of potential agents. During this stage, do not get discouraged on receiving rejection letters; this is quite normal. Instead, if the person replying gives a reason why they have rejected your work, take notice of what they say. Unfortunately, due to the sheer volume of inquiries agents receive, in most cases, agents and publishers don’t give a reason.

To prevent wasting both theirs and your time, make sure that you follow the agent’s instructions. These can vary from agent to agent, so take care. Also, address each inquiry to an individual at the company, not to Dear Sir/Madam. If you do, this will tell the agent that you never bothered to spend the time to discover who to address the inquiry. Plus, never send out bulk letters addressed to a variety of agents. In general, don’t give up trying to find an agent, think positive and keep trying. Also, go back over your query letter to see how you can make it stand out from the crowd. Remember.  Good Better Best, Never Let it Rest, Until your Good is Better and your Better Best.

About Colin Guest

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As an expat who worked in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa, Colin Guest has lived a life most only dream. He started writing after his retirement and has had nine books published, with five made into Audiobooks.

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