How to Find the Right Editor – A Boomer Perspective

Editers Edeterz Edditters

I’ve done it, I’ve finally done it! After weeks of dutifully filling in my Submissions Log, scrutinizing Writer’s Market from cover to cover and surfing Writer’s web pages from dawn until dusk, I’ve cracked it. The formula for success as a Freelance Writer!

And being a generous soul, I’ll share it with you. No, please don’t send money. Your success will be thanks enough for me.

It all started a couple of weeks back when my partner, eyeing yet enough rejection letter on my desk, quietly asked when the income was going to start rolling in?

EXCUSE ME?

At first I was angry. I mean I’d only just begun my heady journey to fame and fortune as a Writer. I forced myself to calm down – after all, what does HE know about a Writer’s life? About what it takes – the agony, the frustration, the loneliness?

Slowly I raised my eyes and looked into his face. I reassured him that actually I’d been doing very well. I’d sent pieces to about twenty publishers over the past month and had three articles published. Yes I’d received 11 rejection letters. Yes my income thus far amounted to the princely sum of $94.

OK, I wasn’t earning my keep and tended to neglect household chores for the hallowed grounds of cyberspace, endlessly searching for inspiration, but BY GOD, I’M A WRITER! And that’s what we do.

I felt vindicated as I explained to him that things take time. That I’m trying to find my voice, that my rejection letters have been very encouraging’. Blah, blah, blah!

I was uneasy nonetheless. There must be some way to prove to him that I’m going to make it. That the frozen meals and dusty house, will all be a thing of the past when I earn enough to employ a housekeeper to attend to our every need. But it was no use. He was right.

Not being able to sleep, I pulled an ‘all nighter’, analyzing every aspect of the articles that had been accepted for publication AND the ones that had been rejected. Was it timing? Were they new publications? Or was it my brilliant insight into the issues that I was tackling?

Then it dawned on me. Blindingly clear, a revelation so obvious that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t realized it before. It was the Editors – those gatekeepers of the written word.  Bless their little hearts.

After searching my Submissions Log once more, I realized that I was indeed right. All the Editors that had accepted my articles had names that started with a ‘T’.  Terry, Tracy and Tina!

I hear what you’re saying. Yes it could be a coincidence. There had only been three articles accepted for publication and granted, three out of twenty isn’t the best odds. It could be a random twist of fate. Or was it? I decided to test my theory!

Gathering up all of the pieces that I considered to be publication-worthy, I immediately sent out another 40 submissions. I divided these submissions into two groups and sent one half to Editors with a T’ name and the identical article to Editors with a non-T’ name. A couple of weeks passed and I started to get a few replies. Rejection letter after rejection letter appeared, until, I had an acceptance email from another Tina. Bingo!

Waiting patiently for the mail each day, I discovered, to my amazement, that three ore articles were accepted for publication. One by an Editor, called Thomas, one by a Trudie and the other a Travis.

If you don’t believe me, please feel free to try this method for yourself. Look up your Submissions Log and write down the initial of the first name of all the Editor’s who’ve been kind enough to publish your work. You may well be surprised.

One request though. Whilst there remain Editors on earth whose names begin with T’, please don’t submit to them. They’re mine!

Good luck and good Editor hunting.

Boomer Logic #7 – Do not under any circumstances listen to your partner’s, mother’s, daughter’s, best friend’s or cat’s opinions on your writing. These people are like the ‘devil’, the willing accomplice of an idle mind.”

 

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