A tweet caught my eye yesterday. Someone was excited and had big news, so I clicked on the link.
I'm glad I did.
Seems this lovely writer was sharing her wonderful news about a publisher calling to sign her to a three book deal.
Congrats to her.
Here is the part that I found interesting.
To paraphrase her very long post: she submitted/queried her story to agents/publishers, revised, then submitted again, sometimes to the same places as the first time, repeat revision and submission process.
Stay with me.
She states that after 73 rejections she was done sending it out.
But, that after she posted an excerpt on her blog she got a message from a legit publisher asking for the manuscript.
Boop, boop, boop.
Back it up!
73 rejections! 73!
That's it! I am the laziest submitter, EVER!
I only sent to 16 agents/publishers. Just 16. Of course her odds are better than mine! She blanketed the publishing world!
Why didn't I do that?
Probably because I was so shocked and brokenhearted that no one wanted to scoop up my amazing story immediately and make me a three book deal that would lead to my fortune and glory.
But, that's no excuse! Submission #FAIL.
It must be that I didn't believe in my story, or more likely my query, as much as she did. She wanted it more than I did. She worked harder than I did. She is signing contracts and I am ... not.
So, I guess the next time we hear an author say that they were rejected numerous times before they got their first big break, we can recall her tale of perseverance.