WORK FOR YOU
Since returning from Asia, I have worked hard at getting my newspaper column syndicated in national papers and magazines. I first had to crank out some of the articles about my trip and current events issues. Then I had to edit hundreds of photos taken while in Tibet, Nepal, and India for my web site. Having completed all that, I planned to start writing to syndicates inquiring into writing for them.
After logging hundreds of hours behind the computer writing essays and editing photos, I was finally ready to begin looking for syndication. My web site featured over 700 photos of my trip to Asia and numerous reprinted articles about the trip and the recent acts of terrorism. I planned to send potential syndicates photocopies of some of my articles and suggest that they visit my web site for a more complete picture of my work. After completing the photo gallery and adding a couple of new articles, I uploaded the work to my web site.
A day later, my Webmaster's server went down. This resulted in losing much of my work. Consequently, I had to start all over adding headers, footers, backgrounds, and general editing of each of the photos and their index pages. Talk about a Herculean effort. After working until 3:00am for a week, I finally got back to where I was when the server went down and was ready to begin my search for syndication, fortune, and fame.
Then, just as I was about set to start shipping off packets of samples of my writing, anthrax started showing up in mailrooms and offices. In the wake of the anthrax breakout, health authorities advised everyone to be careful of suspicious envelopes or packages in their mail. The anthrax scare had created a horrible problem for me. I was about to send out large envelopes to people that didn't know me. I feared that they would merely throw away my packet of material fearing that my literary work was laced with anthrax. Now, what would I do?
My first thought that I could indicate on the outside of the package what was enclosed on the inside. I could write on the envelope: "This package doesn't contain a biochemical treat." Or "Drop dead reading material." Well, it wasn't long before I realized that my labeling idea was flawed. So, I sat down in front of my computer to think through my dilemma. The game plan, which I developed, could work for you when facing your problems that life throws you. Here are the steps that I am employing to guarantee success:
I have employed these tactics to my syndicating goal and expect that they will assist me in reaching it. If you follow these suggestions, you too, will able to make even things like anthrax work for you.
This article appeared in the Dixon Telegraph on 11/8/01.