|Beaming at the launch of her first book Markets of New England|
Me: The first time I was published, it was as a reader-submission to Romantic Homes
Christine: For me, it was a pitch to Bust Magazine about about Lindsay Laricks who started a snowcone business out of a renovated Shasta trailer (she's since moved into a storefront). The visuals were great, and her story was unique.
When I decided that I wanted to write for magazines, I checked out a bunch of freelance writing books from the library, learned to write a killer query letter and started contacting editors (anyone and everyone- looking back I realize so many were out of my league, but ignorance is bliss!). There is really no magic bullet, no secret formula…just hard work, determination and an ability to pick yourself up after each rejection letter (and trust me, there are a ton of those!). The first six-months, I could have papered my entire house with rejection letters, but finally, after being shot down non-stop, I received a positive response from Bust Magazine. When I saw my writing in the magazine several months later (a full page! woohoo!) -- I was hooked.
I agree as the staff at my local bookstore can attest. I still dash inside to buy multiple copies of published features (usually jumping a bit) and visit copies of my book!
Okay, so as I stated earlier, Christine has created an online class where through a series of lessons she shares what she learned and how she came to be a published author with two book deals and numerous articles featured in top publications. She has taught this class three times at Squam, and each time it has sold out. For the first time ever Christine is bringing it online and I am happy to help spread the word!
Pitch Perfect :: with Christine Chitnis from Squam on Vimeo.
Let's hear it for making things happen!