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On Sticking with it...

In the last two or three months, I have seen sales in PM for authors whose work I passed on. Interestingly, only one of those projects was the project I had actually read.

In other cases, I had a full manuscript under consideration when the author notified me that they had an offer on the table. I read the manuscript and in some cases, chose to step aside for an agent who obviously felt more strongly about it than I did. Fast-forwarded several months, and a name in PM sounds familiar. I look it up, and sure enough, it's someone who queried me-- with an earlier project.

To me, it's this situation that is forever a reminder of how tough it can be to break in--and how important it is to stick with it and keep writing. For whatever reason, that first project didn't sell--but the second one did. One in the last few weeks actually was a major deal (READ: Over 500K).

I signed my agent based on a project that didn't sell. PRADA & PREJUDICE was the second one to go on submissions.

I'm not saying all this to make it sound as if your first agented project won't sell-- those ones sell all the time too!--but to remember that publishing is sometimes just a process, and that luck and timing play into it too, so sticking with it and continuing to write is the best thing you can do for your career.


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Mar. 10th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I was nodding my head all the way through this post. I queried several projects to a couple dozen agents before my third novel was picked up by one (Jacquie Flynn). That project didn't sell, but my fourth novel did, and in a big way. I whole heartedly agree that sticking with it is the key to success (in publishing and everything else, btw).
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
That's ok....
I'm hard at work on my second novel, so when you represent me, if my first one doesn't sell, we'll have a second one ready to go! :)
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Are you talking to me, love? ;)
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
I'm preparing for the release of my first unagented novel, while an agent is considering one I wrote later (but she said she'd try to get back to me after Christmas, so I'm thinking not so much) ... you never know how your process will work out.
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
VERY awesome post. Thank you soo much!
Mar. 12th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Encouragement for all of us, even those who have agents. Thanks!
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