Friday, September 9, 2011
B is for Breakthrough
Like the island above (or Pier city or whatever it is), she was in a storm. She had spent years on her manuscript. She even went to England for research and to really delve into the landscape of her story. She crit partnered the H of it, revised, queried, went through tempests to perfect it...and duhn, duhn, duhn...nothing happened. Sure she got a lot of requests, from some great agents. Some of these agents wanted her to make changes she didn't want to make, and so the manuscript sat forlornly for quite more than a fortnight (have you guessed her genre yet?).
She wrote another book. And voila...it got published by a smaller, but exceptional regional press, and she was happy. But there was always her true love sitting, waiting, wishing. After almost giving up on it entirely she decided to submit it to her regional press to see what they thought. One thing has turned into another. Talk has turned to an advance, and as of yesterday she has landed a dream agent. One who knows her stuff and is talking BIG.
So, the moral of the story. Never give up on your baby! Even if you have to shelve it for awhile. Now I am not saying to never give up on your first book, or your second, because some of those deserve retirement. Mine for example is just too bad, and I never felt great about it. But if you have spent years on something that you truly feel strongly about, don't give up on it. But most importantly, don't ever give up on yourself.
So congratulations my dear friend Anonymous. You are a break through inspiration! Enjoy that sun shining down on you.
Any of you have a break through story?