A year ago today, I didn’t have a blog. I only had one manuscript- my first manuscript, and while it still holds a special place in my heart, I’m not really sure if it will see the light of day again.
A year ago I was learning how to (really) revise, how to effectively critique and how to query.
My journey began when one agent said ‘I want to see more’ in December, right before the 2010 New Year.
I sent him the full as requested and then spent the next 48 hours blowing into a paper bag. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. And I finally realized, I am SO not ready for this.
And as luck would have it, neither was my manuscript. He sent me a quick rejection a couple days later and a part of me was relieved. I mean, if the idea of an agent asking for more sends me into the trembling fanatics of a thirteen year old Justin Bieber fan, I’ve got issues.
I lacked maturity, and I lacked the craft and discipline that comes with experience.
Meeting all of you has changed that for me. Interaction with ‘real live’ agents has made me realize they aren’t superstars (although if I did meet Nathan Bransford on the street, I’d totally ask for his autograph.) I’ve made some awesome friends, agented, unagented, published and unpublished. You’ve all taught me so much but, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing can compare to the support I feel just knowing that you all are out there, just like me. I’m not alone in this.
So this new year I’m wishing all of you success in your endeavors, whatever they might be. You can probably imagine my goals for this year since it’s a dream most of us have in common;)
In any case, I look forward to this year 2011 with you!