How to get your query or proposal accepted

Do your queries and proposals come back rejected? Do you receive form letters giving you vague reasons why your work isn’t acceptable?

Have you considered…changing something?

If your work gets rejected without specific reasons, it might be time to try something different–to do something different.

In the world of personal growth and self-improvement there’s a common saying: Don’t do the same thing and expect different results. The same holds true when it comes to sending out a query letter or proposal that isn’t winning you an assignment or a contract.

That’s why many agents don’t send out a proposal in bulk. A simultaneous submission may mean you lose the chance to submit a different–better–proposal to additional publishers after you discover what you had originally prepared  didn’t work with the first two or three (or 10 or 15) to which you sent it.That’s also why you may not want to send a simultaneous query letter to agents or to book or magazine publishers. This affords you the chance to rework it if what you have been doing doesn’t achieve the result you desire.

I’ll say it again: Don’t do the same thing and expect different results. If your query or proposal isn’t getting the results you want–a sale–rewrite, reangle, find a new pitch, play up the benefits, change something! Then see if your result don’t change as well.

About Nina Amir

Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers to create published products and careers as authors as well as to achieve their goals and fulfill their purpose and potential. She is the author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, both published by Writer’s Digest Books. A developmental editor, proposal consultant, author and book and blog-to-book coach, some of her clients have sold 230,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she writes four blogs, has self-published 12 books and is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.

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