Being a writer is a test of your resolve. Before you’re even out the door you’ve got your family, friends and colleagues telling you that your chances are next to none. This is hardly a deterrent for me.
I’ve been spinning fansical tales for well over a decade now and none of these stories have cone to published fruition. Is that because they suck? No. Is that because I haven’t tried hard enough? Maybe.
The key to persisting in this business, from what I’ve seen, researched, heard and have been told on hundreds of occassions is to keep your head up. It’s hard to keep sending your 96000-word baby to be rejected. It’s what I imagine being a mother is like and sending your kid doortodoor for Halloween candy only to continually watch the door get slammed in their face. Not because the costume isnt creative enough, and not because your child isn’t well mannered. It’s because sometimes these people just don’t have what you want.
The publishing business is busy, ever-fluctuating, and always picky. These agents receive hundreds of queries a week. And you could have the most polished query and stellar manuscript yet they still won’t want you. They key is to be dogged. Tighten up those opening pages and share that query with a few friends to see what they think. Keep your head up!
And here’s a picture of my cat for obligatory “awwwwww”s