“You can knock on a lot of doors, but real luck is knocking on the right door, at the right time, and having someone on the other side willing to open it.” ~ SN
I am not as patient as Job, but I am willing to endure some obstacles along the path to my goals. That willingness has served me well in many aspects of my life. Considering the initial idea for my first novel was conceived almost a decade ago, I am proud of myself for seeing it through and writing it in its entirety.
Now comes the true test of my patience – trying to find an agent who thinks my story has enough merit for a publisher to be interested in adding me to their repertoire.
I have mentally prepared myself with the knowledge that this is going to be a long process. It may take years to find an agent, if I do find one, and it will take a few more years beyond that for my book to be published. It is a painstaking process that will require every ounce of faith I have in the fact that my book (or books) will, one day, be on a book shelf.
Between knocking on the intangible doors of those prospective agents (by means of email or website submissions), I have begun work on a second novel. Success isn’t always about luck. It’s also about tenacity and the willingness to put in the work. Thankfully, I have my fair share of both of those qualities, not just in my writing but in my life in general.
If something is worth working for and putting forth the effort, I am willing to fall back on my patience to see where my journey takes me. Sure, it would be nice to have some luck on my side to open the right doors at the right times, but Lady Luck is a fickle creature and she does what she wants, when she wants. I can’t spend my life depending on that luck, so I am hoping to create some of my own by keeping my tenacity at the forefront of my game. This way I know, if Luck isn’t going to be that Lady, I at least have a back-up plan.