We writers, we all know the truth. Publishing is a TOUGH business. You can write for years and churn out manuscript after manuscript and never get a bite from an agent or a publisher. Some will give up on their dream while others will keep pushing forward.
If you’re on the fence, let me share with you two great stories that have happened in the last several weeks. Maybe they will inspire you to keep your feet on the path to publication.
My critique partner, Katie French, toiled in the query trenches for a long time. After not getting any agent interest, she decided to self-publish her amazing Young Adult novel, THE BREEDERS. She’s sold quite a few copies and has done a great job promoting the book. While in the throws of this promotion just a few weeks ago, she got an email from an agent. And just weeks later, she was signing a contract with said agent. She is a perfect example of someone committed to the craft and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that her dream became a reality. I am so happy for her and proud to call her my friend! She gives amazing manuscript feedback as well. I’m so lucky!
Just after Katie’s great news, I saw a wonderful announcement on Twitter from Megan Whitmer. Megan is a beloved figure among writers due to her dedication to the craft and her inspiring spirit. After spending her fair share of time querying and doing several massive rewrites of her novel, BETWEEN, Megan connected with editors at Spencer Hill Press. After revising and working hard to perfect her novel, Megan was just informed that her book is going to be published. Her endearing video, announcing this great achievement, can be seen here.
So the question becomes how dedicated are you to your writing? Are you willing to do several rewrites of your beloved novel? Or can you scrap that novel completely and start over with a new idea? How far are you willing to go to make your dreams come true? I’d love to know.