As many of my blog followers know, I have an aged cat named Clancy. She is 18 years old and quite feisty. She’s survived three major moves across state lines. According to our new vet, she has a feisty personality. I agree. In fact, her recent health scare and subsequent healing has led to our discovering many interesting qualities about Clancy.
Before her illness, we only fed the Dowager Feline dry food. But upon the vet’s orders, we switched Clancy over to wet cat food. She loves it. In fact, Clancy’s become a wet cat food addict. And she’s not just addicted to all wet cat food. No. She only prefers certain flavors and textures of wet cat food. And she’ll stop at nothing to get exactly what she wants.
Our Dowager Feline has developed amazing powers of persistence in achieving this goal. If she were a human and a writer, I bet she’d use these powers of persistence to get published.
Here are some of the Dowager Feline’s methods and how a writer might utilize them:
1) The cat food is dispensed in my laundry room. Dowager Feline is deaf, but has excellent vision. She waits by the open door, which is directly across from our bedroom, and when I get up to get a glass of water, she meows for food. A writer might use a similar technique by continuing to be close to the publication door so when it opens, she can zip her MS through it.
2) If the Dowager Feline sees me and I don’t respond right away, she thinks nothing of finding another household member to meow at, very loudly, until that person goes into the laundry room to feed her. A writer needs to remember that when one person rejects her, she should immediately target another agent/editor with her work.
3) The Dowager Feline knows my paths within the house. She knows the main areas I spend the majority of my time and she haunts them. She also travels my path. A writer needs to know her publishers and agents. She needs to read their blogs, learn their habits, look for interviews and know what they are seeking.