Insecure Writers Support Group Wednesday! Yes, it’s that time again. One day of the month when a few hundred writers scream their fears into the abyss of the internet.
Not getting an agent
Ok, I’ll admit it, I want to become traditionally published. I want the amazing agent, the gifted and talented editor, the book sitting face out on a brick and mortar bookshelf.
And part of me fears that will never happen.
Ignore, for a moment, the way the publishing world seems to change at any given month. Getting an agent—correction—getting the RIGHT agent is as difficult as it’s ever been. I’ve seen what happens when the wrong agent and the wrong writer get together, and it’s not good for either.
Many writers obsess on agents so much that in their minds even getting the wrong agent is better than no agent. It means they’re a “real” writer-right? But finding that special someone who loves our work as much as we do isn’t easy. And someone who may even believe in it MORE than we do is a major miracle. Going with an agent just to have an agent is a sure way to end up even more frustrated that we already are (and lemme tell you folks, writers are a very frustrated group of folks!).
So my insecurity for today is not finding that amazing advocate to go fight for my books. I want someone in my corner, who understands my work (and my humor ;)) and can steer me back on course if I wander too far off. Someone anxious to spend the amount of time it takes to get a book into the hands of the right editor.
And now I’m realizing that may not happen.
Part of me is excited about all of the new options for writers. Waaaaay back in the day self-publishing was a very long four letter word. Now it’s a chance for writers to really have control (for good or bad) over all aspects of their work.
That I may actually be able to keep a title I love, find a cover that works, and make sure that book has a professional editor all over it sounds amazing. Scary. Expensive. But amazing.
Yet the other part of me is saddened by the fact that I may never have that agent of my dreams in my corner.So that's my insecurity for this month! What about you?