Staci here, talking about hope today. I think most writers who want to be published survive on hope. You spend months or oftentimes years crafting a fantastic novel, sweating over every word, polishing each sentence until it shines, all with the hope that an agent or publisher will see the merit of your work and release it for the world to see.
Once you feel confident that your work is ready (or as ready as it’s going to get), you carefully create a query letter that somehow highlights all the important points of the book and why an agent should be interested while still fitting on a single page.
Unless you’re one of the incredibly lucky ones, you’re bound to be rejected at some point. When you receive that first rejection letter in the mail (or, more likely, your email inbox), you might sulk for a minute, but then you lay it to the side and tell yourself it’s just one person’s opinion. Maybe
the agent was having a bad day. Perhaps they don’t recognize brilliance when they see it. No matter. There are other agents. So you sit back and patiently wait for another agent’s reply, filled with hope that the next one will send an acceptance letter.
Even after ten or perhaps twenty rejection letters, hope keeps you going. It’s what stops you from chucking your laptop into the ocean and calling it a day. It’s what keeps you sending out those query letters time and again. Because you know that if you just keep trying, someone will respond.
Occasionally it doesn’t happen. For whatever reason, the stars don’t line up right. Your query letter doesn’t land on an agent’s desk at the right time or your book’s genre isn’t what’s selling right now. That’s when you dust off that desk chair and sit back down. Then you start to work on the
next book and hope that this is the one that makes it into print.