Friday, September 9, 2011

B is for Breakthrough

Yesterday I found out one of my critique partners has seriously broken through. Because at this point she is going to remain anonymous, I get to tell her amazing story without ruffling any premature feathers.

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?

18 comments:

  1. congrats to your friend. so awesome!!!!! and inspiring :)

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  2. That is wonderful to hear! Thanks for sharing this story.

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  3. Very cool news! I haven't ruled out my regional press either, they're apparently pretty reputable.

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  4. This is just what I need today. Thanks. So happy for your friend!

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  5. So very awesome for anonymous! I'm so very happy for her. That's a ton of work, and I hope it really does go big.

    I totally have a break through story! I'll tell you about it in a year or so. I need to have time for it to actually happen first. ;) Thanks for the advice to never give up!

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  6. I think anyone who's published has a breakthrough story. Thanks SO much for sharing :D

    I queried a lot of projects - had my MS in the hands of a LOT of amazing people. And it's NOT the one on sub right now. So, yeah, you just never know what will catch people's eyes.

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  7. Wow, that's great! Congrats to your friend aka Anonymous! It's an inspiring story.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this, it is so encouraging!

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  9. Thats great news, and inspiring! Always, always keep going. Thanks for sharing!! And DO have a fabulous birthday this weekend!! xx

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  10. Lovely post, Jessie. I agree 100% - never give up! Thanks for following my blog. I live in Cedar City, UT, only 2.5 hours from Vegas. It's very nice to meet you :-)

    Amy

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  11. This is awesome! It certainly gives the rest of us hope :)

    Samantha
    Writing Through College

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  12. Congrats to your friend! Thanks for sharing this inspiring story, it's always nice to hear about someone who makes their dreams come true.

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  13. how wonderful! Yay anon! Can't wait to hear all about it when PW breaks the news. I love reading great news like this, especially after someone works really hard.

    Peggy - rooting for you! love your attitude!

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  14. Wow, that is TRULY inspirational. Everyone says our firsts will never get published, and it's given me quite a bit of heartache. This gives me a little bit of hope...

    Congratulations to anonymous! Sounds like she beyond deserves it.

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  15. That is so exciting!!! Congrats to your friend :)

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