Wednesday, 22 February 2017

New windows, love?

Annalisa gives some tips for submitting any written work, in which she describes the writer as a cold caller offering double glazing. I think that sums up the submission of unsolicited fiction to womags very well.

Just as everyone needs windows, the editors do need our stories. And just as we would, they'll only buy as many as they need, when they need them. They're also more likely to buy from those with a good reputation, or who at least seem as though they understand the business they're in.

It's our job to offer our product when there are gaps to be filled and to ensure what we're providing is a good fit - no massive Georgian bays to a sleek, modern flat. We also need to convince the buyer that our windows are as described and that we haven't also fitted them to their rival just across the road.

Are the windows you're trying to sell exactly right for the establishment you're offering them to?

5 comments:

Paige Elizabeth Turner said...

Good analogy, and very pertinent in the present competitive climate. Guess we just have to have the best windows pitched to the most correct establishment.

Munir said...

I used to think that writing and publishing is somewhat hit and miss thing. I am beginning to understand that there is actually a market as for books and common sense and strategy do play a role.
Thanks for making this all so clear. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Oh, gosh! I'm obviously trying to sell too many Georgian windows to the folks with the sleek modern flats. It's the only answer to the rejections!!! KH

Angela Barton said...

I suppose we all have to polish our windows and replace cracked glass. I love your analogy for submissions and editing! *goes looking for the window polish*

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Worth reminding ourselves of these points and a good analogy, though I love the meme about the peach!