Encouragement from the Query Trenches…
You approach your e-mail with equal parts anticipation and dread. Your heart pounds as you scan your inbox for the word “Query” in the subject line. With your stomach in knots, you read the long-awaited response to your submission…and sigh. (Or curse—depending on your personality and how many times this has happened to you.)
I get it. I really do. And almost all other writers who pursue publication understand what you’re feeling.
As writers in the “query trenches”, it’s important that we don’t just focus on the rejections.
We need to celebrate the accomplishments along the way.
*wrote a book (or multiple books)
*actively pursuing publication
*continually growing/improving/revising=getting closer to publication
*connecting to other writers
*celebrating requests and learning from passes
Recently, my boys and I popped open a bottle of sparkling cider to celebrate a request for The Dreamspeaker’s Diary. They’ve been along for the ride long enough to know the request could be a pass tomorrow–but in that moment we acknowledged the joy of being one step closer to “Mommy’s dream”.
Find something to celebrate about your writing and then do it! *lifts glass in salute* Cheers, fellow Query Compadres!
Congratulate yourself for completing a manuscript you believe in, and having the courage to send it out into the publishing world ether.
Then be brave again and send it to someone else.
You never know what you might have to celebrate because you did…