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They were hilarious....
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What makes a Winner?
I was on a kidlitchat the other night and something someone said really struck a chord with me.
The topic was - "what makes a book a winner?"
People were saying voice, plot, hook, characters, setting etc.
Then someone chimed in with, "You have a winner, when you get an offer."
If we were in a room, the room would have gone silent. At least 10 seconds went by where not one comment came through the chat. As if tweetdeck had crashed....again!
Now, my initial reaction was "you got that right!" I mean, if an agent doesn't offer representation or if an editor doesn't buy a book - than obviously the book is not a winner, right? That's how most of us feel right? Am I alone?
But then, surprisingly, an editor chimed in first and said, "So if an editor doesn't buy your book, then you don't think your books a winner anymore?"
I don't know why but that comment made me sit up in bed. (yes I am a lazy chatter! I lay down and chat while watching tv.)
I thought about it more. All night in fact.
I started thinking about a book I put down a year ago. A book close to my heart. A book I love. A book that I really thought was a winner.
I put that book aside to focus on my tween angel story because I felt it was more marketable.
Now that the book is off my plate, I've been contemplating what book to focus on next. I went through my idea document and picked a couple. Started a couple. And for some reason, during this time, I didn't really think about the book I love. That book was somehow and for some reason - still on the back burner. Why was I not focusing on Grace? After all, I had several agent offers of rep on Grace. Grace was developed - flaws and all. Grace had evolved so much. Grace got me my agent.
Had I given up on it? Had I given up on a winner?
This morning, as I was doing the dishes, I started to cry. (yes I am emotional that way. And it wasn't over the crusted overnight dishes.) Over the crusted spaghetti and old oatmeal, 'it hit me.
Over the last year, I've lost my way a little.
You see once you get an agent, you no longer write for yourself. And I can imagine that only gets harder and harder as you move through the process. Get an editor, deal with marketing, sell to stores. Now your agent needs to love the book as much as you. You are a team. Their reputation is on the line as well as your career. When an agent takes you on - they are stamping their name on you professionally. I don't care what anyone says, your agent must like your work
Somewhere along the way, I started writing for my agent, for editors, for submission, for everyone else's revision ideas.
Until this morning. This morning I made a decision. I'm going back to my book and see where it leads me. IT may need some work, but it may not. Who knows.
But I'll never know if I don't try.
And now, I can breathe again.
I'm back to writing for me again.
Where I love to be. Where I need to be. Where my agent wants me to be.
And where my heart is.
So what do yo think? Do you ever find yourself writing for someone else? And why?