Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Tales of An Unpublished Author: Is It Time Yet?
In one month, I’ve gone from ‘almost there’ to ‘why am I not there yet?’
(As you can see, patience is not one of my better traits.)
It’s been sort of a celebration time this past month. For more than three years, I’ve been part of the Seven Sassy Sisters. They’re my critique partners and they’re literally like sisters to me. I don’t always agree with them and I’m sure they don’t always agree with me. But, when they offer advice on my writing, I listen.
So, late last month, one of the Sassy Sisters, Robyn Thomas, sold her manuscript to Entangled Publishing. Before that one of my online buddies, Tina Vaughn sold her novella to Ellora’s Cave.
It’s fun to celebrate the achievements of others but then at some point you begin to question your own approach.
My question to the Sassy Sisters: Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to change what I’m doing?
It was a unanimous ‘no’ from the group with the reasoning that I was doing the right thing, I had a lot of things brewing.
You can’t predict when your time for The Call is going to happen. All you can do is have faith that at some point it will. You could have 8 different submissions out there but it might not be until that 9th submission to a publisher or agent that things really click.
The key is to not quit.
So, I guess my lesson is that this is a crazy business. Anything can happen at anytime. You just have to keep plugging away and moving forward to get there. (That means subbing on a regular basis.)
What do you think? Any thoughts?