Saturday, February 6, 2010
IF NOT NOW -- WHEN?
In my second post of the day (rare for me), I have decided to gripe about criteria.
How many times, I've wondered to myself (and, perhaps, you too, have thought the very same things), have I seen an article on-line or in a magazine and thought: "I could do that -- perhaps even better".
How many times have I caught typos in said articles?
And, how many times have I been encouraged by friends and loved ones to do something about it?
Well, a few years ago I did -- to no avail.
So, I thought I'd give it another whirl, because if not now -- then when?
Upon doing some research this morning (all part of my '90 Days' plan -- see my '90 Days' blog for further detail -- in which we were asked; 'How much time are you willing to devote to changing your life direction?'), I'm finding it all looks good on paper; the reality of it is that the criteria for which magazines require in order to be considered for a submission, is beyond my reach.
This is the very thing I find extremely discouraging and disheartening.
See below, which I took the liberty of copying and pasting. I intentionally left out the name of said magazine.
"Thank you so very much for your interest in writing for _ _ _ _ _'_ _ _ _. Unfortunately, you are not alone. In fact, you have so much company, and we have such a small cadre of editors, that we have had to develop what you will no doubt find a rather tough policy on unsolicited manuscripts.
This is what you need to know: Our editors work almost exclusively with experienced writers who have clips from major national magazines. As a result, we accept unsolicited manuscripts only from writers with such credentials. There are no exceptions."
I should add that I'm truly not delusional -- this wasn't exactly 'Time' nor 'News Week'.
You know, again, I've read so many ill equipped, colloquial articles by these so-called "experienced writers" (and yes, some great ones, too) that I can't help but think they are not only cheating a great many of us out there who have the capabilities, but also themselves by not opening up to the bevy of possibilities out there.
Different -- and new -- people can bring about fresh perspectives.
There are walks of life out there without formal/higher education who just in their life experiences alone can open up a whole new world for readers, if only given a chance.
Opportunities and possibilities are at our feet in abundance, however, it's the chances that seem to be elusive.