Rookie Mistake

mistake-e1504639194587.jpgIn my last couple of posts, I’ve talked about how other writers may help us in many ways, but it’s still up to us to do the actual work. There’s no better illustration of this than a deeply embarrassing incident from my early days as an aspiring writer. I had been publishing book reviews in the local paper, when a fellow I knew from writing class mentioned that the biggest paper in town had just hired a New York mover and shaker as their new book editor. I should send in a query, he said. Her name was Ellen Parker. (This is not really that editor’s name. I’m still too chagrined to admit who it really was.) I dutifully crafted a query, attached some published samples and sent it off to said mover and shaker at the paper. Never heard a word back. No surprise there. Big paper, lots of competition, already an established stable of contributors, etc. But then I saw her name in print: L.N. Parr-Kerr. Sheesh. I thought I knew what I had heard, but never bothered to follow up with fact-checking. Now I follow the advice from the old tailor’s saying: measure thrice, cut once. I check and re-check names, titles, requirements. Maybe given the odds, I wouldn’t have gotten an assignment anyway. But why take a chance on sabotaging one’s chances with a bad first impression? Lesson learned.

About Lida Bushloper

writer and poet
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4 Responses to Rookie Mistake

  1. Jo Nelsen says:

    funny and not so funny – great lesson for reminder!


  2. Hahah I’m so so sorry but this made me laugh!! 🙂 But don’t worry, some really embarrssing things have happened to me too as a writer – like the time my manuscipt printed itself at my workpalce (still don’t know how it happened) and someone ELSE from work found it hours later. It had been sitting in the printing room all day long. Still gives me shudders


    • No need to apologize. Laugher is a good thing, esp. when it’s at ourselves. I’m like you, I once accidentally printed out a resume for a new job on my what was then my current employer’s computer. Yikes.


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