Wednesday, May 1, 2013

IWSG: Chasing Dreams

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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.

This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group.

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