This week one of the most anticipated moments of the year for Minnesotans was upon us. The first day of spring.
After months of snowbanks, shovels, cabin fever, and subzero temperatures we were finally going to feel the sunlight on our skin, even see green grass. At the first sign of a heat wave, 30 degrees and up, many a Minnesotan will start wearing shorts and replace their jackets with sweatshirts.
As for me, I was searching in my garage for shorts, wearing flip flops around my house, and trying to find my softball glove. This is spring. Time to celebrate.
The first day of spring was a complete bust! The temperature plummeted twenty degrees from the day before and we were looking at temperatures in the single digits. Snow even fell in my neck of the woods. Talk about a let down!
One Thing Every Writer Should Avoid
Sometimes as writers we give the same let down to editors and agents as the first day of spring gave Minnesotans this year. We give the promise of great things and then we don’t deliver. It is quite easy to get caught up in this mistake without intending to.
Here are a few ways writers give editors and agents a big let down:
*Never hitting send.
*Sending in a poorly polished manuscript.
*Delivering a different story than appears in the synopsis by a huge difference.
*Being a one manuscript author.
*Being unteachable or a difficult client.
*Neglecting to learn about what an agent or editor is looking for before sending material that isn’t a good fit.
The good news is that most of these problems can be simply avoided by doing your homework. Realistically we will all fall short once in a while or there would be no such things as rejection letters and everyone would be published.
Take a moment to reflect on each of these and how you can avoid falling into the trap of the First Day of Spring Taunt!
What are some other things to avoid as writers to avoid the big let down for editors and agents?