Several days ago, I came across this blog post by the lovely Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary. For obvious reasons, I found it deeply encouraging (because, yanno, WAITING).
Seriously. Take a few minutes to read it. Those of you who have been around here for awhile know that I am the poster child of The Long Journey That Still Hasn't Brought Me Somewhere Quantifiable (or something like that). I'm not giving up, and neither should you, regardless of what stage you're at.
(Unless, of course, you've determined that it actually IS time to give up. But that's a different story.)
The "overnight success" stories are the ones that burn our ears and whisper to us that the cards are stacked against us. And yes, sometimes a first query round DOES produce an agent. And sometimes a first round of submissions DOES produce a book sale in five weeks.
But that's not the norm.
Go read Sarah's blog post, and then come back here and tell me what you think. Honestly, this is a must-read for ANY author currently on submission, and any serious writer in general.
And thank you, Sarah, for being a voice of encouragement to those who are determinedly seeking the traditional route to publication. Today you are our champion!