I stumbled across this image in my phone. Apparently I decided to save it at some point.
I think past me knew that present me would need to read this right about now.
I recently started querying agents with my completed middle-grade novel, hoping to one day join the ranks of published hybrid authors. I’ve queried in the past (I even had a contract, but that’s another story for another day), so I know what’s in store. Lots of prep work. Lots of waiting. And lots of rejection.
And hopefully, one “yes.”
But what if that “yes” never comes?
I’m a bit of a numbers nerd, so I know the odds aren’t in my favor. My past publishing success might give me a little nudge, but even so, my book might not be right for any lists at this time, as the form rejections say.
Does that mean my book is a failure?
Short answer: NO
Long answer: Look at this part of the quote.
There are, at my last estimation, approximately eleventy billion people who say they want to write a book. A small fraction of them start. A smaller fraction of those finish.
Simply finishing is something relatively few manage to do.
Writing a novel isn’t easy. You have to consider things like arcs and settings and dialogue and theme and a few dozen other things and get it all to mesh into something people want to read.
I know I’ve done that with my newest book (and hopefully all of them, ha ha). One of my critique partners said it’s the best book I’ve written, and considering I wrote it for my students, my hope that an agent and publisher loves it as much as I do is greater, somehow. I want to go as big as I can with it, if for no other reason than for my students and kids like them to be seen.
But even if the “yes” doesn’t come soon or at all, I’m proud of it. So I’ll now focus on this part of the quote:
Now, who’s raising a glass with me?