People, the struggle is real out there for first time authors!
I have now submitted my query letter to 16 different agencies simultaneously, which granted isn’t a whole bunch, and have received 5 officials “no’s”. Depression sets in quickly. Several people have offered platitudes like, well, you should be proud of yourself for writing the book, that’s a huge success in itself or the other, at least you finally did it!
UGH! I relate it to my own platitude – which has become my standard response – it’s kinda like spending a year and a half on knitting a blanket only to throw it in the fireplace when you’re done. That usually shuts them up quick!
I needed inspiration desperately before I hung my pen name out to dry. So I went hunting for comfort food in the way of rags to riches author stories. Here is what I found, maybe it will help you too!
My favorite is the J.K. Rowling’s story of Harry Potter getting published. Her literary agency received 12 rejection letters from publishers, and then the tenacious 8 year old daughter of an editor insisted on reading the rest of the manuscript. Then the editor agrees to publish but tells her she probably won’t make much money at it since it’s a children’s book. If it weren’t for that annoying 8 year old hounding her mother to read the book, it may have never been published, and Harry Potter would have remained hidden at Hogwarts forever.
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I guess the point of this blog is to say we have to keep trying, and even though the struggle is real, we must forge on to become the next J.K. Rowling in our specific genres!!