Hey, sweet readers! I know a bunch of you are hanging out at Write On Con this week, hoping your hard-worked and awesome manuscripts get picked up by those Ninjas. (Hi Ninja Agents! We love you!) Last year, for me, the week was full of highs and lows. I was hoping the conference would get me an offer, but it turns out that the best thing I got out of it was meeting my second-oldest critique partner. Way better than an offer.
And, here's what happened since last year's WriteOnCon.
(I mean this post to be encouraging. I hope it is. Forgive me if it isn't. I think you're wonderful.)
I met Gina fourteen months ago, and Chessie just about a year ago.
Back then, we swapped manuscripts for critique.
All of those manuscripts went through the query trenches.
All of those manuscripts subsequently went in the drawer.
We wrote new manuscripts, and critiqued those for each other too.
We queried and contested those manuscripts to death.
In the last two months, we all signed with agents.
Those second manuscripts are now floating around in the wide sea of Publishing.
I just sent Chessie my third manuscript.
That feels good.
It's a short story, but it's a big one.
And here's the lesson:
Have good friends.
You're doing a great job.
Keep. On. Going.