Question (thank you Mike): Platforms, credentials, social media presence, published articles and stories; is it at all possible for someone to come in cold, with nothing but a magnificent story and a so-so query letter and find a way out there in the world of letters? I mean, if a thunderbolt split the sky and rattled the windows, a lone ray of light shining down on an anonymous pile of pages, would that manuscript stand a chance?
Or have I just not been paying attention?
It’s not that you haven’t been paying attention, and I hear all the frustration behind the question. That said, there is no thunderbolt. If you have a magnificent story, send it out and keep sending it out. There are no rattled windows or lone rays. It’s just you, the lone writer, sending your work out over and over and over. Writing more, getting an MFA or taking classes if you keep hitting a wall. Getting your writing workshopped. Maybe going to writers conferences and networking with editors, other writers, agent. You don’t have to have a million twitter followers or an MFA from Iowa, but you have to build your name/profile in the literary world. Yes, it’s an imperative.
WHat say you?
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