So, this week, I signed with an agent!
I knew this would happen. Realistically, I did. My motto is, “You can’t give 110% forever and get nowhere.” So when I decided three years ago to pursue traditional publishing, I knew a literary agent was in my future.
I just expected it to take like, 30 years. Maybe more.
That’s because I never thought I’d be the exception to the rule. You know those “exceptions,” the ones who get 10 agent offers after querying 2 weeks? We all love those stories.
But WOW, do we hate those stories too.
After all, it’s hard to be happy for a person like that. I put in 3 years in the trenches. I queried 167 agents over 3 novels, all vastly different in genre and tone. I wrote hundreds of thousands of words–millions if you count the novels that could never be publishing contenders. I clocked in 15 years of writing experience, devoured tons of writing reference books, and attended writers conferences. I wrote a blog. I networked on Twitter–of my 1600 followers, literally ALL of them are writers, agents, or publishers.
I worked my fucking ass off, you guys. And for a LONG time, it seemed like I wasn’t getting anywhere. For the first 2.5 years of my journey to publishing, I didn’t get a single partial request.
Sound familiar? Any writers in here raising their hands?
I get you. I so, so do. It’s incredibly frustrating, because at first we love those insta-success stories. At first we daydream about them being us. And then days pass. Weeks. Months. Years. And still we seem no closer to the dream.
I’m here to tell you, the dream will become a reality.
Because even if you don’t get a partial request on this book, maybe you’ve learned about #MSWL. Or maybe you discovered a great group of writers, your own #PitCrew, and now have beta readers and CPs. Or maybe you’ve finally mastered the dreaded query, and know how to perfect those opening pages.
You’re constantly absorbing knowledge, whether you realize it or not. And some day, hopefully soon, all that knowledge will provide you with the exact tools you need to snag your own literary agent. And she’ll rave about your book and mention all the right publishing houses and champion you throughout your career.
And you know what?
SHE WAS WORTH THE WAIT.
You guys rock; never, EVER give up. <3