Perseverance. That is the key to a successful writing career. Ask anyone who has ever dared to tempt this feat.
The most rewarding part of belonging to the writing community is seeing perseverance pay off. I didn't realize how gratifying this feeling could be until my dear friend and writing partner, Jaimie Engle, landed an agent a few weeks back.
Years of watching her toil on drafts and rewrites, and edits on those rewrites, flashed through my head. Hours of plot hole fixing and brainstorming echoed in my ears. The memories were spinning so fast, and standing still simultaneously.
I can't even imagine what that moment will feel like for me, but I also don't want to. I'm enjoying watching Jaimie kill it right now.
If you don't feel this way about the successes your writing partner experiences, take a moment to do some self reflection to find out why. Work it out and then come back into the fold. Never forget that someone else's success doesn't diminish yours.
There are not a finite number of book deals out there. In fact, there are an infinite number of book deals out there. If your book is so inside the box that someone else's book fits your mold, that writer landing a book deal is not what is keeping you from bestseller status--your generic idea is.
But this post is meant to be upbeat. My BFF just landed an agent for her spectacular MG MS. If you want to know how she did it check out her interview with Query Tracker: A QueryTracker Success Story. Put to memory her tips and soak up her inspirational story. Use her success story to push you through your drafts, rewrites, and edits on your rewrites. That's what I plan to do.
Congrats again Jaimie Engle, you so deserve it!