Lucky and Stubborn

What a perfect rainy, I-want-to-stay-inside-and-write day! I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve been working hard these last few weeks. My publisher wanted me to do quite a few revisions on my Shadowlands manuscript. Now that I’ve finished, I’ve going to spend the next few days working on the next book in the series: The Hand of Darkness. My goal is to write 20,000 words for this new manuscript this month. I’m pretty sure I can do it…

On another note. Last night I hung out with my writer’s group and we practised pitching to one another. Pitching is when you summarize the project you’re working on in about 3 minutes, with the intention to sell the idea/book. After hearing some of the amazing stories that other writers in my group are working on, I drove home feeling very pensive and quite humbled.

After hearing such great story ideas… I’m starting to think that the key to getting published isn’t necessarily a brilliant manuscript. With the odds stacked so high against us (a single agent may receive 150 queries from authors a week), I think that the ones who get published have a good manuscript, are very very stubborn, and well, in the end they’re just darn lucky.

Of course the more persistent you are, the more opportunities you create to get noticed by the right person, but whew! I really think there’s a lot of great stuff out there that never really goes anywhere because an author might give up on it too soon.

So I guess if you’re a writer like me, I’m just saying: dig in your heels and be prepared to be really really stubborn. You don’t know where your big break will come from so keep yourself open to all possibilities. And don’t ever give up. I sure won’t.

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About cjgosling

I paint, I sing, I walk in the rain. I'm clumsy and I love the smell of campfire. My head is full of imaginary things and the only thing I ever really want to do in life is write. My first book "Shadowlands: The Guardian" was released in Feb. 2011. The sequel is coming in 2012! View all posts by cjgosling

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