‘Tis a lesson you should heed:

Try, try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, try, try again!’

After being defeated at a battle, Robert the Bruce escaped and found a hideout in a cave. Hiding in a cave for three months, Bruce was at the lowest point of his life. He thought about leaving the country and never coming back.

While waiting, he watched a spider building a web in the cave’s entrance. The spider fell down time after time, but finally he succeeded with his web. So Bruce decided also to retry his fight and told his men: “If at first you don’t succeed, try try and try again”.

Several months ago I joined a training group for freelance writers. The nice thing about this type of activity is the community forums, support from my tutor and to be honest I have enjoyed the writing activities that I have completed as part of my assignments.

My first assignment was to write about a place that I enjoy. Unlike many people I actually enjoy the airport. The hustle and bustle, the noise, smells and the shear excitement of going on an adventure to the other side of the world.

Armed with great feedback from my tutor, I bounded forward with my second and third assignments. One was a piece on Rovinj in Croatia and the second was a piece on Chipping Norton. Again excellent feedback was received and have been encouraged to approach publications for both of these assignments.

Trying to get through to a publication house is exhausting. I have been trying for 4 days to get through to one publication (of whom I will not name – just in case by some miracle I do get to speak to one of the editorial staff).

I have discovered is that neither publication answers the phone. Now I am not sure of the etiquette in the world of journalism but where does one go when they don’t answer the phone?

Normally when contacting a potential buyer of a product or service it is best to hold a conversation to introduce yourself, your company, explain why you are the right person to talk to about this topic and make a connection so they remember your name when your email comes through. This is sales 101.

If I receive an email from someone I don’t know there is a small percentage of possibility that I may read it with any focus of attention. Why would they be any different?

I have been plotting all potential possibilities of making contact with this new tribe that obviously has communication customs that are unknown to outsiders.

  1. Do I stalk on Twitter and build a relationship?
  2. Do hang outside the publication office and casually bump into the editor while she gets a coffee? She probably has a minion for that of course.
  3. Do I stalk the minion on Twitter?
  4. Get one of my friend’s daughters to ask the minion out on a date.
  5. Dress up as a rat catcher to gain access to the building and leave the article on the editor’s desk.

All ideas are welcome. In the meantime I will continue to try, try and try again to reach out to this new tribe!