Monday, June 13, 2011
The Ice Cream Truck
As soon as it would get in range, we'd run to the edge of our lawn and jump up and down, holding our money in the air.
And the ice cream truck would drive on by.
It never stopped on our road, and even though we knew it wouldn't, we'd still keep trying every time we heard it.
Getting published is sort of like waiting for the ice cream truck to come. You see all the people around you getting their ice cream, or book deals and agents. You wait and wait, try hard and send query letters to everyone you can think of. Then you wait. And wait. And wait for them to stop and take a look at your work.
When I queried my first book, I thought it would be so easy. I thought agents would read my query letter and love my book. That I didn't have to do anything else.
I got one request. That's it.
So, I wrote another book. It sucked. I knew it.
Then I got an awesome idea. I wrote my idea down and worked on my newest book for around 6 months. Writing, revising, editing. I got a critique partner who helped me with several issues I didn't know I had. I researched agents, polished my query letter, sent it out, and you know the rest. :)
Sometimes we have to look around and do things different. Instead of waiting for that ice cream truck to come to you, you research where it goes and hunt that sucker down! lol
It's hard waiting and seeing everyone else get good news. But if you keep going, keep researching and writing, your day will come. :)
This post may not make any sense at all. I have a cold and my brain is fuzzy today. At least you got a good story about ice cream, right?
I still think about that stupid ice cream truck driver who never stopped. It's funny because the world is so much different now. I'd never let my kids get treats from the ice cream truck driver that comes down our street. He's sort of scary!! :)
**Sorry about those who couldn't get onto my blog because of a maliware threat. It was from one of the pictures I used for my post on Friday. I think I figured out which google image it was, but if it keeps doing it I'll delete the whole post. Sorry guys!!**