Knowledge is power, this is a universal truth, and over the last few days this truth has made itself extremely evident.
I have been immersing myself into a world that is new to me and there is a huge learning curve as well as many veins of information that branch out from that curve. To gain as much knowledge as I can, I have been spending a great deal of time travelling down those arteries of wisdom and storing as many nuggets of information as I can into the recesses of my brain.
Every author I have spoken to about getting published has said the same thing – it’s really all about luck and timing. I have no reason not to believe them because they’ve been there. They have pounded the same pavement on which I now find myself so they know this route much better than I could ever claim to know. I have been spending a great deal of time learning about different literary agents, what they like and what they don’t like, and only adding those agents who may be a good fit for my book. I have been spending much more time on Twitter as that seems to be a more popular social media site for those in the writing world and last week I was introduced to the hashtag #PitMad.
PitMad is a pitch party where authors have 280 characters to describe their unpublished manuscript. If an agent likes your tweet, you have the green light to send them a query based on their submission guidelines. I tweeted my first pitch and sat back, hoping for the best. But then I wanted to know all I could know about PitMad. It turns out, you can send a maximum of three pitches for the same book, so I carefully constructed a second tweet and sent it out into cyberspace. When I checked back a while later, my second tweet had a beloved heart below it. An agent liked my tweet! I had the go-ahead to send a query and I did that as quickly as I could so my story was still fresh in her mind.
Luck and timing magically combined and, when I got home from work that day, there was an email from the same agent requesting to read my full manuscript. I’m not under any illusion that her interest in my book is going to mean that she is going to take me on as a client. I am quite grounded in reality. I am, however, under the illusion that her requesting my full manuscript means that my writing has enough merit to make her want to see where I take the story and THAT is a huge step for a new author.
I follow “LitRejections” on Twitter and they post very encouraging tweets to help authors keep writing and survive rejection. This tweet is the one that got under my skin and keeps me going ~ “Rejection of your writing will not break your spirits. You are going to do this. You will not quit. You WILL be successful.