Before I was a cartoonist, I wrote jokes, and short stories, and kids books…it never occurred to me that I, or anyone for that matter, wouldn’t do this, or want to do this, to make a living.
Who was I fooling?!
If you haven’t been reading your Kindle recently, you might have forgotten the classic way to end a book, or at least a children’s story: They all lived happily ever after.
And if you’re not a writer, you would be surprised at how many editors at publishers, newspapers and magazines still want hardcopy submissions.
As a cartoonist, I understand this. It’s hard to sift through a variety of images on the screen. They’re quick to view individually, but sorting and choosing them, especially if they go to other editors for input, is much harder than it should be. And pdfs? Forget it! When editing or considering images, digital is disappointing. (And some editors don’t even open their email!)
So sometimes a writer or image-maker still gets a rejection letter hardcopy.
Good thing I have a birdcage.
ID # f353hh Caption: Woman opens letter from an editor: Dear Writer, You won’t live happily ever after, because this is a rejection letter. Sincerely, The Editors.
And speaking of editors, I have a new page at the top of the blog called Find Editors. It’s SO hard to find the right editor to talk with at a newspaper, and each paper calls the contact page something different, and sometimes buries it. So for my own benefit, as well as freelance writers, I’m compiling a list of Staff pages as I come across them. Good luck!