Whenever you send a letter about your art, be sure to say that you will call at a specific time to see if it has been received and if the recipient has any questions. Then, put it on your calendar and do it!
I did this a few weeks ago when I was encouraged by an artist in Northern California to send a workshop proposal to her local arts council. I did and two weeks later I called to make sure it was received. I was slightly nervous because I had never had contact with the person before, but my fears were instantly allayed. He not only received it, but he wanted to talk with me about it right then and there. He was very interested in it.
Again, the steps:
- Send letter of inquiry stating that you will call them in [two, three, etc. weeks] to see if it has been received and if they have any questions.
- Make a note on your calendar for the day you said you would call.
- CALL! Don’t say you’re going to call and then not do it.