I sent out another agent query today. I’m trying to send something every day. At least one thing every day. I’m not sure if it’s the best choice. In fact, I’m not sure there is a best choice. But I do feel good taking at least one little step each and every day.
Sometimes I wonder why I’m still trying. Then I remember my reasons. First, I get really, really, really excited when I think about my book becoming an actual book. And I get even more excited when I think about working with an agent and an editor and a publishing house – of having other people’s input and enthusiasm making this process, and the end product, even better and stronger. I get really, really excited.
Also, as I’ve mentioned, my daughter won’t read the book until it’s a book. That’s incentive in and of itself.
So I’m taking one little step each day – or at least most days. And I’m enjoying that.
I’m enjoying it because with each new query I think, “Maybe this is the one that will stick.” With each query I get excited about each new possible agent. That’s compelling as well. And I’m enjoying it because I’m putting myself out there. I’m taking a risk. I’m trying and not giving up. I’m believing in myself and in this project, even when facing a bit of rejection.
Have I mentioned that I get the best rejections? I get really strong, really complimentary rejections. Things like, “WAY OUT (good title!) is an astonishing story, engagingly told, and its poignancy is nicely balanced by insight and wry humor.” That keeps me going too.
Somewhere, somehow, I keep believing – and even knowing – that this will happen. That an agent will fall in love with the project, as will an editor. That it will be.
So I keep going. One step at a time. One query at a time. I keep going.
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