Well, things didn’t go quite according to plan this week. Plans fail – it’s about how you react to that failure that counts most. I didn’t receive any invites from agents nor publishers for yesterday’s #PitMad event on Twitter. That’s a good thing. It means my book isn’t quite ready yet. I consider it a gentle nudge from the universe/Gods/Goddesses that keeps me honest.
I’m sure every writer and aspiring author goes through phases thinking “this will sell”, “this book has potential”, “this book will resonate well”, blah-blah-blah! Though it’s up to the market at the time, there will always be a bit of pride and a kind of bias that exists at the back of your brain, even if it flops. We then become the definition of insanity – repeating the same processes over and over again expecting different results.
But it’s part of being a writer.
Becoming a better writer should be a top priority for every publish-hopeful author. And for me, the second act is the hardest of the three acts of storytelling. We all have our weaknesses – for some, it’s the first act. For some, it’s the third act. Either way, books are completed & published because they don’t give up. They keep writing, and reading, and writing, and reading more books. Perseverance is key.
Even though I still pitched a manuscript knowing full well it wasn’t “ready”, blinded by my own bias & my own pride – leaving me feeling defeated – I’m still going to pitch again later. By the next time #PitMad comes around on June 3rd, 2021, there will be more complete books to pitch with. Again, never give up!
Did you pitch your manuscript this year?