This is also one of my favorite form of posts to read. Excellent little gem, this one, and I couldn’t be more excited.
It’s jarring to me that I get to write one of these posts. When I was querying, I would spend hours upon hours pouring over these stories, and successfully heeded every single piece of their advice—I waited patiently, worried little, with a heart constantly brimming with the hope and knowledge that soon, the little ping of my inbox would signify the beginning of my one true dream: my characters filling up a real, gloriously physical book.
I am joking.
I waited patiently. I would consistently abuse the inbox refresh button. I worried little. I was a nervous wreck in the query trenches. I legitimately got back into the habit of biting my nails. A heart constantly brimming with hope? Maybe in the first week? For some reason, as the rejections came rolling in, my insecurities about my writing evolved into something akin to panic—maybe it was because I had no…
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