2013 has been the toughest year so far in my journey toward publication. That’s because earlier this year, I sent my work out to literary agents for the very first time. Ever since, there have been happy moments (requests!) and sad ones (rejections!). Through it all, I’ve tried to remain hopeful and keep moving forward.
It hasn’t been easy, and as I wrote a couple of months ago, it’s affected my writing. Lately I’ve been in a funk, which is why I’ve been MIA around these parts.
I’ve realized the only way to get out of this funk is to adjust my mindset. I have no control over the outcome of querying, but I can control the way I think about this journey. My one resolution this year was to be brave. When I look back at the ways I’ve accomplished that this year, I feel really proud, even if I don’t have an agent or book deal yet.
In 2013 so far, I…
- Clicked “send” on my first ever query.
- Continued querying even after receiving rejections.
- Revised my manuscript after receiving an R&R from an agent. It’s now much stronger!
- Entered pitch contests on Twitter.
- Posted my query, first 250 words, and first 5 pages to the WriteOnCon forums.
- Attended New England SCBWI, despite not knowing anyone.
- Began researching my new WIP, which is on a topic that intimidates me.
There were even moments this year when I wasn’t going to do one of the above things, but then remembered my commitment to being brave.
I’m not done querying yet, so there’s still hope that I’ll land an agent with my first manuscript. But even if I don’t, I can say that I’m really happy I pushed myself this year and did things that scared me. As 2013 begins to wind down with just two and a half months left, I want to continue to be brave. I want to keep querying and push aside doubt so I can get back to writing my next manuscript.
Here’s to a braver rest of 2013 and beyond!
Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave” has inspired me a lot lately. “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out. Honestly I wanna see you be brave…”
How have you been brave this year?