If you were around the interwebz at all this weekend, you heard the drama surrounding a frustrated writer dabbling in the query pond and the reaction of others to her frustration. I won’t recap it all here, but be sure to check out Beth Revis’ thoughtful post and links on this.
The situation did make me think a bit…about this business we writers’ find ourselves in.
It is a tough business to be sure. There is rejection – a lot of it. But there are wonderful payoffs as well.
I think that we, as writers, forget that there is rejection on all sides of this – – – not just our side. Agents have a hard job, as do editors and publishers.
But ultimately, it is worth it.
Why? (And yes, we ALL face that question at some point in this biz, if we are being honest)
Because as writers we have something to say. We want to share that with the world…otherwise we’d never query our novel. I truly believe that if we still have something to say, despite the rejections, the waiting, the little pieces of our soul we sometimes feel tearing away in this process – if after all that we STILL have something to say…then we stay in this business.
Ultimately, though, we have to remember it is a business.
So, like any job, aspects of this will be work…not the joy-infested fantasy of a “writer’s life” we sometimes wallow in.
So yeah, we have to write queries that follow guidelines in order to find an agent.
And yes, we will revise revise revise and oh yeah….revise our novel. Until we practically hate the darn thing. And then we’ll revise it again.
And yes, we will conform to some degree to the market – balancing our vision with the realities of the readership we write for.
We do this because we remember it is a business – a wonderful, creative, amazing business….but a business none-the-less.
So how do you guys feel about this? Do you take time to remember this is a business?