I have a hard time understanding why aspiring writers (like the examples in this post) don’t seem to get that what they’re attempting to do is sell a product. I imagine this type of thinking applied to a lemonade stand scenario: Potential customer walks by on the opposite corner, lemonade seller screams, “Hey! Why the heck aren’t you buying my lemonade?! Get over here right now or you might collapse from citrus-drink deficiency!”

Writers: Yes, we are selling our work, but considering the nature of that work (not to mention the nature of our hopefully long-term relationships with the purchasers), we are ultimately selling ourselves: not just our words, but our professionalism. Let’s make editors and publishers eager to work with us!