One of the strongest emotions I had towards the end of our magical June Art of Writing retreat in Florence this year was: Why can’t it be you? Publishers and agents are constantly scouting for new talent. They want the next wonderful book. Why can’t that book be yours?
Publishers want your work. They need you, the writer. We often think agents and traditional publishers are doing us a favour by listening to our story lines, plot twists and personal memoir journeys. Not true. Without writers learning, growing, pushing themselves, they wouldn’t have a job. Writers keep agents and publishers employed. Your unique voice sustains a whole industry.
Please don’t think you are not good enough. Writing a good book/novel/memoir does take time. You can expect four, five, six drafts – sometimes many more. You can expect to send your work off then have it sent back with huge structural change suggestions. Character foundation questions or character eliminations. Plot changes. I even had one editor ask me to change the end of Death in the Mountains, only to change their mind after I’d re-written an entire ending. They preferred the original ending (grrr).
One of our earlier AoW writers finally finished her manuscript. And guess what? She’s been offered an extraordinary two book deal in Australia and New York. It took her FIVE YEARS to write her novel. How wonderful though! How extraordinary – she never believed it would happen to her but it did. I will write more about our writer’s experience in my next Blog.
Why can’t the next successful writer on the best sellers list be you?
It has to be someone.