Posted by: Faith   in Everything Else

Does it seem like the world is passing you by these days?



…everyone else is getting agents?

… everyone else has small press contracts?

…everyone else is getting partial/full requests, and all you’re getting is a lovely pile of rejections?

…everyone else actually has a finished novel, when you struggle to complete yours?



It’s not as if there won’t be any spots left with agents, anywhere. It’s not as if the small presses are going to fill up their rosters for eternity. It’s not like your work will be rejected forever, if you take the time to fix your mistakes and make your query & work better, over and over again. And books take time to write, even if you’re giving them time every single day.

You’re not alone—we’re all in this together. Some people are just a few steps ahead, and so people are a few steps behind. We’re all on the same path, however, and as long as we stay the course, we’ll end up at our destination one way or another.

No freak-outs needed. :)


PS: Are you freaking out? Maybe just a little?

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6 comments so far


I’m too tired from all this blogging to freak out. Can I lie down instead?

April 9th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I think that’s a very good idea. In fact, I may do that too… o_O

April 9th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I think every writer has fears that pop up along the way, whether they’re already six steps ahead or ten steps behind. Lately, I’ve been doing so much blogging and reading that I haven’t had as much time to think about it. ;)

April 9th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

It’s good to reflect on the fact that it’s not a zero-sum game. One person who gets an agent doesn’t mean that’s one less spot for us. Doesn’t work that way. There is room in the creative world for everyone.

April 9th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

No, I’m good! It’s just a numbers game that relies a lot on timing. No one should ever give up hope!

April 9th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

It’s hard not to freak out sometimes – and sometimes we need to freak out and let out some of that emotion. Freaking out doesn’t necessarily mean giving up hope.

My freak outs are usually small and involve lots of chocolate. Hee hee.

April 10th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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