Wendy McClure is the author of the memoir I'm Not the New Me, based on a blog she started called Pound. Her blog attracted the attention of editors at BUST magazine who offered her a gig as the pop culture columnist. Her background as a successful blogger makes her well-qualified to answer questions about self-promotion and seizing opportunities.
Writing isn't anyone's favorite pastime. Not even for writers. As sports columnist "Red" Smith once explained, "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." The blank screen is a formidable opponent for everyone.
Every time you send off a portfolio of your work to a gallery, curator, grant program, slide registry or other such person or entity, you take the risk of being rejected and disappointed.