I wrote a small, happy lil’ piece this summer about my horse and I. It was submitted and accepted by a major breed publication called Arabian Horse World, then later republished in Arabian Horse Quarterly (it’s on the Barnes and Noble magazine rack now, in fact…if you’re really curious, go take a peek at my article, “Don’t Buy an Arabian.”)
The other day I got an email from one of the magazine’s two editors. This was followed up with a phone call yesterday. They loved my piece and would like me to do more freelance work with them. Of course, I said I’d love to (writing being a dream and all), and I will be speaking with the editors and publisher more once the publisher is back in the country.
I hung up the phone both giddy and scared to death! They want to see my stuff…but…but…what do I show them now? What if they don’t like it?..blah blah blah. You know, general writer’s insecurities type thing. The editor had said she’d like to see what else I’d written, and I do have other pieces I’d done this summer that were written with other horse-related markets in mind. I’m not sure they’d be a good match, but it’s what I’ve got.
Question is…um…NOW what? Do I write more stuff? Do I talk about ideas with them? (I have a ton of ideas, but few drafts, right now.) I’ve never gotten past the one-time-publication step. How does this next step usually happen? They wanted to know how far I lived from their offices–I’m assuming they were wanting to meet with me…? What happens at those meetings? (Etc, so forth, so on…)
Wow and a half. Hooray for me! (Even if nothing comes of it–still, hooray for me!) And thanks in advance for any insight you may have.