It's easy to get discouraged while trying to revise, start a new project, get an agent, sell a book, or just actually get to the gym ever. I've had a hell of a week, and it's only Tuesday, so I wanted to take a moment to smell the roses and then share them with you guys.
Here are some happy thoughts that help me when I'm feeling less-than-positive about the writing/publishing process:
1) Rejections on full manuscripts are like getting a free professional Beta Reader for your project. Feedback is invaluable :).
2) Agents drink just as much Bourbon/Scotch as I do. And are darn proud of it!
3) If you are reading Agent Blogs or hanging out on the Query Tracker forums, you are already about 50% ahead of the competition. BOOYAH GRANDMA!
4) Wallowing in the rejection pool with other people is an awesome way to make friends. I love you guys!
5) If you think about it... and kind of squint... a slush pile is like a big hug for your query made out of paper.
6) Everyone out there is as nervous as you are. It's okay to be nervous, and agents get it. It's the writing that counts!
7) You CAN learn to be a better writer. Practice pays off!
8) Query piles = hilarious stories via agent blogs. My favorites are on http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/. Read the tag "Annoy Me," and get ready to build some Self Esteem!
9) NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER!
10) So what if it's hard? If it were easy, everyone would do it.
And then we wouldn't be so AWESOME.
I'd love to hear your happy thoughts in the comments, too! :) Share the goodness!
I hope that you have an amazing Tuesday and rest of your week. God speed, everyone!