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[Apr. 16th, 2008|07:16 pm]
Silicon Rose
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Well, I just signed up for Writer's Market online...

...and I think I'm not going back there for awhile. Not because it isn't helpful, because it very much is. But reading through the listings and realizing just how selective most of these markets are is depressing.

I have to sell myself in a cover letter or a couple of pages. I don't have any pub credits at all. It just seems overwhelming.

That said, I still need a book, first. So, about that writing thing.
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[User Picture]From: ketsugami
2008-04-17 04:46 am (UTC)
In some ways the selectivity is a good thing -- when you find a market that buys what you sell, your chances are increased.

Writing the cover letter always intimidated me, too. If it helps, I've heard that a lot of readers don't even bother with it, or look at it only after they've read your sample; no sense reading through a cover letter if the enclosed work isn't up to spec. In the end it's the quality of your work (and some luck/persistance) that sells you. Cover letters should be brief and to the point. Definitely not to place to try and impress with your dazzling skills as a wordsmith.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2008-04-17 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think I was using selective in a different sense. There aren't that many literary agents listed; those that are listed, many of them don't take more than a handful of clients. It feels like trying to hit the lottery.
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