Once again, the latest round of sending out query letters is underway.
My attitude about the whole process is eloquently stated via the title of the song above by Mr Brooks. This is only because of my experience in dealing with it over the years.
I’d explained this mindset to a friend, who felt I was being too negative and pessimistic.
“Not at all,” I responded. “I send these out, definitely hoping at least one of them clicks. Sometimes that happens, and someone will ask to read the script. Maybe even a handful of requests. Those usually end with “just not what I’m looking for,” and the rest are silent passes.”
There are countless reasons a script gets a pass, so trying to figure it out is a waste of time.
But I move on, determined as ever.
You’d think all of this would make me a lot more jaded and cynical, or at least left with a bitter taste in my mouth after putting myself through this over and over again. Maybe in some ways I am, but I’d also say I now take a much more realistic approach.
Despite the odds being stacked against me, I’ll keep at it. Researching potential recipients. Revising the letter itself.
I send ’em and forget about ’em. If they’re interested, they’ll contact me, which could be anywhere from five minutes to a year, or longer. If they’re not, they won’t, and that’s the way it goes.
I’m also not going to sit around waiting to hear back. I’d rather spend my time, y’know, actually writing (a lot of which is coming along nicely, thank you very much).
My aforementioned friend understood where I was coming from. They’ve also read (and really liked) my scripts, and remain very, very hopeful that something good will happen for me soon.
Me too. It would be nice.
But until then, Mel’s song remains the status quo.
And since I prefer to end things on a high note, here you go…