Don’t give up.
This month at WU we’re focusing on best advice, and that’s mine. If you truly, truly want to be a published author, don’t give up, no matter how impossible it seems at times, no matter how long it takes–no matter how many rejections you get in the mail.
One of my closest friends just finished her first novel (and it is brilliant!) and started the agent- querying process last week—and got her first rejection within days. And my heart just aches for her, because there is nothing more discouraging, more soul-killing than crafting your query letter, polishing, agonizing over every word so that it represents your beloved novel the best it possibly can—and then getting that polite, impersonal ‘I just don’t feel enough enthusiasm for your project’ form letter in reply.
I wish I could make the process easier for her. I wish I could give aspiring authors guarantees that if you do X, Y, Z, some agent or editor will fall in love with your book. But I can’t. All I can say is, Don’t give up. Don’t despair. [Read more…]