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We jump over hurdles trying to make our literary dreams come true by: mastering our craft, writing the best novels we can, researching agents and querying -- or subbing to publishers -- and then sending up heartfelt pleas to the writing gods. "Oh, please, let this be the one!"
A few lucky souls end up with offers (plural) and after they accept one, their ms goes to auction.
For the rest of us, the road is a LOT longer. Every request makes our hearts beat faster. Every rejection crushes our hopes. But we keep going.
The hardest things are the R&Rs ( revise & resubmit) where an agent or publisher says, "I really like this. It would be perfect IF ...." Then writers spend weeks, months, revising their ms into a new form. And then that is rejected, too.
Even if you get a publisher or self-publish, the chase isn't over. A myriad of details you didn't even know about are breathing down your neck -- cover image, copy-edits, formats, audio rights, new social media outlets, finding reviewers, watching stats, etc.
I understand how hard it is -- believe me -- but DON'T GIVE UP!
Every single published author I know went through a time when they got depressed, dropped out of writing for a while or considered quitting for good.
Behind every successful author are trials, tribulations, and failures. Sometimes lots and lots of failures. Seriously. LOTS. It's like a rite of passage -- you have to go through the dark before you come out the other side.
Do you know how many queries/subs I sent on my most recent ms? Almost 150. And I got an agent. If I can succeed, so can you. Never give up.
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