I was lucky enough to win a copy of ‘Across the Universe’ by Beth Revis from the Operation Awesome contest last week and I have to say I’m SO stoked!
You see, I’m not one of those people who usually wins at games of chance. I never buy scratch tickets. Because when I do, well… I never win.
Or I win the exact amount I paid for the ticket back.
Yeah. Big woopdidoo.
No. In our family my husband definitely has the ‘winner’s touch’. I’ve seen him walk into a casino, pull one slot machine lever, win 200 euros and then walk right back out. He’s found fifty dollar bills while walking down the street. Won 500 euros off a single scratch ticket. He’s just got that magic touch.
I, however, do not.
That’s not to say I’m unlucky. I’ve had luck in life, love, and everything that’s important. But do I aspire to one day hit it big with the lottery and live out my life as a millionaire?
Hells to the No.
People are constantly telling me ‘ you can’t win if you don’t play!’
And I respond- ‘Yeah, but I can’t lose either.’ I mean, really what it comes down to is- every time you buy a ticket and lose, you’re losing money! And to be honest, I just know I’m not meant to win the frickin lottery.
So when people compare breaking into the publishing business to winning the lottery, I can’t help but feel a little hopeless. I can understand the analogy, really- For every publishing house, there are hundreds of agents trying to kick the door in for their clients. For every agent there are thousands of first time authors with a manuscript trying to get out of the slush pile. To make it from the bottom of the slush all the way to a book deal is pretty miraculous now a’days. Yes, it has to do with talent. But it also has to do with luck- To write the right thing at the right time and get it into the right hands.
To be honest, when you’re looking at the situation from my standpoint, the whole thing looks pretty dire. Luck doesn’t work for me that way, unfortunately. Never has. SO the only thing I can really rely on is my love of the craft, and persistence in what I do.
The biggest difference is that when it comes to writing, I can’t lose.
It’s something I love to do. It’s at once a therapy, a form of entertainment, and that feeling of creating- of being productive that every human being needs. Every time I write, I gain something.
So basically, I’m playing a winning game no matter what.
And I like those odds.
How about you? Are you one of those ‘lucky’ people or are you a ‘loser’ like me? How do you feel about the publishing business being compared to the lottery?