I am always surprised when people don’t take advantage of great opportunities, especially when they’ve paid good money to get those opportunities. Take writers. We do it all the time!
We join professional writer organizations and then don’t bother to attend the free or very inexpensive workshops they provide.
We pay big bucks for a conference and have the opportunity to submit to closed publishing houses, or the chance to meet an agent or two. But we don’t submit. We don’t speak to the agents. (True story: after years of attending my SCBWI conferences, I finally submitted a manuscript to an editor. He wasn’t interested. You thought I was going to say he bought the manuscript, right? But that’s not the point. The point is, it took me years to take advantage of that opportunity. Why? I have no idea. On the other hand, I did chat up my agent at a conference, sent her my manuscript, and signed with her. So there can be happy endings, if you give yourself a shot.)
We win a free critique and never send anything in. Or buy a terrific book on writing and never read it. Yep, the list goes on and on.
Until we either quit (and wonder why we never quite succeeded)–or start maximizing our connections and opportunities. So maybe you’re ready to maximize; I shared some ideas about that over at the Muffin today in “Maximizing Writer Connections” and I hope you’ll take a look.
I mean, honestly, I’m just like you, squandering opportunities. But sometimes, I put myself out there. And sometimes, it pays off. How about you? What’s an opportunity you took advantage of and were glad you did? Tell me all about it (please!).
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So true, Cathy! Thanks for the post.
You’re very welcome, Pat! You’ve got a book coming out, right? Maybe you’ll maximize that opportunity! 🙂
So happy to hear you signed up with an agent. You took advantage of that opportunity and it paid off!
Oh, she’s lovely, Donna! I’d met her at a week-long writing event I’d attended so we’d already met, but I followed up when she ended up at out regional SCBWI conference!
Well, I’m a little afraid to go read that post as I think it might have *me* written all over it! But off I go to get what I think will be a much needed kick in the butt.
I admire your stamina, your gift of encouragement, your generosity, and that cute picture of you with puppy. Oh my!
Thank you for the gentle lashing. I have really been trying to be careful about where I spend my money and time since currently I have little of either. 🙂 This is very good advice you are giving us for free, and look how long it took me to get over here and read it. 🙂