I pulled a question out of the hat for today’s blog post. It reads:
I submitted work to a local gallery but never heard back from them. They were moving at the time, I think.
Should I submit again?
It feels a little awkward to say anything since a chunk of time has gone by.
What is appropriate here?
In these cases, you don’t want to be a pest, but you also want to be thorough and persistent.
Here’s what I’d do. I’d shoot the gallery an email expressing congratulations on their move. I’d tell them that I’ve enjoyed the good press they’re receiving and that I’m just following up to make sure they received my submission. Further, I’d say, “I know you have been very busy with your move and exhibitions. I’d be happy to resubmit my portfolio if it would be helpful.” Of course you include a link to your website. No pressure. I wouldn’t ask them to respond in any other way.
I would also send a hard copy to the gallery–just in case they have stealth spam filters set up.
If I don’t hear from them, I’d let it go and keep them on my mailing list.
Book: I’d Rather Be in the Studio! (Action on following up, pages 153-159)