Getting my play produced, #40: moving on: a winery tour

And Then There Were None

Two weeks ago, I sent that contract to the one distillery that was still e-mailing me about the distillery tour. After a week, when I hadn’t heard back from them, I sent them a follow-up e-mail. I said I needed to hear by last Friday if they really wanted to do it. I haven’t heard back.

I’m disappointed, of course, but I did learn a lot.  I learned about approaching people with something of value to them, how to make follow-up calls (especially nerve-wracking), how to put together a publicity campaign that would be easy for people to use, how to write a contract for myself, and how to gracefully give deadlines.

Next thing to learn is, to let go. I tried it, it looks like it won’t go (this time, at least), so I wrap it up and try something else.

How about a Winery Tour?

Wineries have been in business in Washington State for a lot longer than distilleries. Wineries have fewer restrictions about what they can do, and fewer hoops to jump through. Plus which, wineries aren’t struggling with a recent change of state law that makes it harder for them to do business.

But First, I’ll Take A Break

I haven’t submitted my plays to very many places in the past months. I miss doing that.

Wow, I never thought I’d miss all the drudgery of submitting plays!

Seriously, I do need to spend some time on submissions.

The Follow-Up E-Mail I Sent

Dear –

Since I haven’t heard from you about the agreement for the customer-building event, I’m checking in with you and sending it again.

I know you may not have replied because you’re busy.  But if March is turning out not to be a good time for you to hold this event after all, please let me know. I need to know one way or the other by this Friday, the 10th.

Let me know if you have any more questions.  If I don’t hear from you, I’ll assume you’re not interested.  Thank you for talking with me about it.

I hope that despite any challenges that 1183* may cause you, that your distillery thrives and you have a terrific 2012.

*1183 – Washington State Initiative 1183, passed last November, transfers liquor sales from state-run stores to private stores; restrictions on who can sell means that craft distilleries will have a harder time getting their products sold.



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One Response to Getting my play produced, #40: moving on: a winery tour

  1. Shawn Rourke says:

    Wow you are really informative and helpful! Im adding your blog to my emails!

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