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Add One More
by David Geer
In order to get more assignments and get paid
more, add one more of any of the following.
Add one more expert to queries.
Provide their name, title, affiliation,
expertise, and why they are appropriate. I have consistently garnered more
work by offering more sources than required. You are only adding a little
extra work in order to get an almost certain guarantee of more assignments. I
recently got an assignment from a magazine that I hadn't worked for in a
while, in part I'm sure by adding more experts.
Turn in work one day earlier.
If you turn in work on time, turn it in a day
early. If you turn it in a week early, make it a week and a day. The sooner
you're done, the sooner you can start work on another project, maybe from the
same, newly impressed editor.
Add one more edit before an editor ever sees
By tightening up your work, you'll please your
editor even more. I am never as satisfied with any of my work as when I make
time to write it four times - that's a first draft and three proofs, edits or
Add one more rewrite to queries.
I am finding out that a well crafted query
letter with all the elements, that is itself a sample of your writing mastery,
is a minimum requirement for getting better paying
Add one more graphic.
If you ask sources for graphical elements, get
all you can. You can forward several to your editor as easily as you can
forward a few. This will give the editorial department more options during
layout. It will also make you more attractive for the next
Add one more genre.
Take a look at your clip file. Articles cross
more than one format or subject area. Pitch to all types of publications. We
all do more kinds of writing than we think we do. Do you write letters, make
up jokes, console friends with words of wisdom? Bring all your talents to the
Add one more risk.
Add one more beneficial risk that you are
willing to take in order to reach your goals and fulfill your writing dreams.
The benefit should be clear, the risk should be justifiable, and the only
thing that should have any chance of ending up broke at the end is your heart,
not you ($).
Add one more way - each day, week, month or year
- of improving your writing.
Think workshops, classes and things with
interaction first, books and other resources second.
Add one more way to market yourself.
Whether a website facelift, e-zine ads or
approaching new markets, sell your talents in some new way. Look around the
industry. See what works and decide which methods you'd most enjoy, and which
might work best for you.
Add one more way to reward yourself.
An editor or publisher won't always amply
reward you. So, save some rewards for yourself. Look around your office. Is it
time for a fresh bouquet of flowers, a painting or a coffee mug? Maybe it's
time for a vacation. Even a cheap, working vacation can be taken to reward
yourself. Take that laptop to a getaway spot that offers broadband in your
hotel room along with the room service. Have plenty of work lined up that can
be done from your new, temporary paradise. Have your calls forwarded and
arrange to check your email remotely. Work all day, play half the night (or
vice versa) and return home with more cash than when you left and no
All these add-ons have one thing in common.
You'll have to try them to see that they work.
© Copyright 2003, David Geer