how do i not screw up this potential writing opportunity?
January 13, 2012 11:57 AM Subscribe
How do I not screw up this potential writing opportunity? Or is it too late?
posted by happyjuice to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a senior English major. I took a writing class last semester, in which I received high praise from my professor and (I think) the opportunity to write an article for the magazine which he edits. Awesome, right?
The problem? I really want the opportunity, but I'm totally inexperienced in these matters and unsure how to approach the situation without being too pushy or presumptuous. And obviously at the same time, I want to give a good impression of my work ethic and enthusiasm...
Basically, last semester, during a mandatory one-on-one meeting (which everyone had to do), he told me he was very impressed with my writing, and he'd be interested in giving me the opportunity to write something small for his magazine. Sort of a trial run, low-pressure, and he'd get back in touch with me about it in a week or so. Never heard anything else about it.
I wasn't sure how to bring it up again, so I arranged a meeting to discuss the final project. We did so, and at the end, without any explanation or details, he handed me a packet of information about an interview subject, and very vaguely told me about an anniversary issue which might include an article about that person. The implication (I thought) was that I could write the article... but he never directly said that, nor did he give me specific details about deadlines and such. Again, he said he would contact me later when he knew more, and I get the impression that this would be for a summer issue, so not necessarily the very next one or anything.
When I emailed in my final project, I also included a few comments on the materials he gave me, and a fairly open-ended question about deadlines/requirements.
He never responded to the email, but when the final grades came in, I did at least make an A in the class...
How do I broach the subject again in a professional manner? Did I already miss my opportunity? The holidays are over, and my last semester is about to start. Should I arrange a meeting?
Does he no longer want me to write the article? Or did he simply overlook my email because he's busy, etc.?
I have ZERO experience with things like this, just undergrad and small retail sorts of jobs, so please forgive my ignorance...
On the one hand, I feel that taking the initiative is good and important, but I also don't think I know enough about what he wants to really do that. In other words, I feel like I need an official assignment and deadline before I go out there and just interview this person. Or is that totally off base in the magazine/professional world? I want to be sure I preserve the professional reputation of his magazine as well as mine.