Tuesday, November 27, 2007
From Contest to Publication
Have you been winning contests and have yet to land that contract you've been working toward? There are many factors involved in this crazy business that have nothing to do with your skill as a writer. I have heard editors discuss this at conferences. They may see a proposal they really like but want to be sure this new author is not a one book wonder. They will actually wait to see if other proposals arrive and if they are of the same quality. When they see you have the skill and drive to write as a career, they make that call.
Reading is very subjective. Have you ever had a friend call and say "You've got to read this book" and when you read it you wonder what were they thinking? It isn't that the book isn't a good book. You have different tastes than your friend. Editors are the same. They have different tastes, so as an aspiring author, you need to get your work out there to as many different editors as you can in hopes you will find the one who loves your style of writing. Contests are a great tool for that. Look for contests that have different editors.
The last reason I want to discuss is God's timing is not always ours. Hind sight is amazing and I for one, can see that He had my interests at heart by waiting for "that call". Sometimes we need to be ready emotionally. Sometimes, as in my case, He needs us somewhere else. But I do know that if you are His child, He will not waste one precious moment of your time. Be persistent. Continue to hone your craft. Make those contacts with editors through contests and conferences. And most importantly, believe in yourself.
Happy writing, Sandra