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30 Queries in 30 Days Ends / 31 Queries Begins

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

So, my 30 Queries in 30 Days project ended more with a whimper than a bang: with 21 queries/submissions/job applications submitted during the month of September.

Not one to give up easily, I’m resetting the clock and starting over. In my 31 Queries in 31 Days project, I will attempt to send out 31 submissions/queries or job proposals in the month of October, beginning with:

1) Submitted four poems to Poetry literary magazine.

Wish me luck!

30 Queries in 30 Days: #19, #20, #21

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

I’m finding more intriguing prospects at by searching under the “Creative Writing” filter:

19) Submitted job proposal and writing sample via for a job writing thoughtful essays for a new app.

20) Submitted job proposal via for a job converting podcast transcripts into PDF and ebook formats.

21) Submitted job proposal via for a job copy-editing a novel.

30 Queries in 30 Days: #18

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Looked through some writing ads on and found another worth applying to, originally posted on the New Orleans Craigslist:

18) Sent a cover letter, poetry samples and a CV to Interactive Picture Books, which is looking for ghost writers to create children’s books for the iPad.

30 Queries in 30 Days: #17

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I spent much of the day either writing a sestina for a client or procrastinating before writing said sestina. Once it was finished, I took a break away from the computer to spend some time with my son, and then I managed to put together one submission for the 30 Queries in 30 Days project.

17) Put together a submission of children’s poetry for the magazine “Jack and Jill.”

Hmm. I’ve got 13 queries left and three days to do it in. Can I pull this off?

30 Queries in 30 Days: #14, #15, #16

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

I spent much of the day formatting a PDF of two poetry manuscripts, which are another perk that had been promised to contributors to my Indiegogo campaign.

So it was back to Elance, which tends to be a simpler, more time-efficient process than putting together a poetry submission:

14) Submitted a proposal via for a job proofreading, editing and formatting a self-published book.

15) Submitted a proposal via for a job collaborating on Vaudeville-inspired skits.

16) Submitted a proposal via for a job writing newsletter articles on an ongoing monthly basis.

Update: The podcast transcription job I applied to yesterday has been awarded to someone else already, and so has the Top 10 list writer job.

30 Queries in 30 Days: #11, #12, #13

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I’m finally done with the ebook project and am going to work hard to catch up with the 30 Queries in 30 Days project.

Did some applying at today:

11) Submitted a proposal via for a job writing a Top 10 article.

12) Submitted a proposal via for a job writing social media phrases for a Web start-up.

13) Submitted a proposal via for a job transcribing a podcast.

As far as updates are concerned, the job writing creative musings was awarded to someone else, although the other applications I’ve submitted are apparently still under consideration.

30 Queries in 30 Days: Update

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

As you might have noticed, I’m taking a break from the “30 Queries in 30 Days” project in order to focus on finishing a big project, the Kindle version of my personal history of the Penn State Monty Python Society, titled “Dedicated Idiocy.” I’ll let you know when it’s done! When it is, I’ll get back to the queries project, and double up or triple up each day until I get caught up.

I did receive a response from one of the queries I’d sent out, though. Sadly, West Branch rejected my submission to them. But I was also just reading an article in Writer’s Digest¬†about Joe Hill, better known as Steven King’s son, who’s also a writer. Since he wanted to rely on his writing ability, not his connection to his famous dad, he created his nom de plume¬†and, especially in the early days, got rejected a lot. He said, though, that he liked to keep at least six queries for stories out at a time, because that way when he got the rejection slips, he only felt “one-sixth rejected.” I like that attitude.

30 Queries in 30 Days: #10

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

My son’s second day at preschool, and everything’s going swimmingly. It’s fun to see him running around singing nursery rhymes that are new to him.

Today got away from me again, but I did manage to do something:

10) Submitted proposal via Elance for creative writing job writing short blurbs for newsletters based on a prompt.

30 Queries in 30 Days: #9

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Since I was too busy in the early morning hours wondering how my son was doing on his first day of preschool, I stuck with something simple today, submitting a proposal via Elance:

9) Submitted a job proposal via Elance for an assignment proofreading a 70-page e-book.

Regarding the rejection I received for the press release writing job, I tried to send a message to the client to ask what specifically they didn’t like about the style of my press release examples. However, it turns out that on, you’re not allowed to contact a client about a rejected proposal unless they contact you. Then again, as any writer knows, it’s rare to get ANY sort of feedback for rejections, so I should be grateful I even got what I did.

I’m only a little more than a week into this project, and I’m finding that it’s very easy to work into my schedule. This could, indeed, become a habit.

30 Queries in 30 Days: #7 and #8

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Today is my birthday, so I’m going easy on myself. I meant to do two queries yesterday for my 30 Queries in 30 Days project, but between a hair appointment and spending some quality time having a “Sesame Street” dance party with my 3-year-old boy, I didn’t get the chance.

So here goes:

7) E-mailed a request for Writer Guidelines to the editor of “Parents Express,” a Philadelphia-area parenting newspaper.

Then I put together a poetry magazine for West Branch, the literary semiannual of Bucknell University, down the road from where I grew up. Going through my poetry submission file, I saw that they’d written a note on a rejected submission years and years ago, but I’d never sent them another!

8 ) Submitted six poems to West Branch.

And now an update:

I got an e-mail earlier today, regarding #6, my proposal submission via Elance to write a press release for a new business book. The client rejected my proposal, giving the reason “preferred another style.” Well, I guess there’s nothing I can do about that! It would have been nice for them to tell me what sort of style they preferred. Perhaps, if possible, I’ll follow up and ask them.