Sunday, March 13, 2016
You won't believe Step 2, below!
1: She wrote a manuscript. It was an idea she'd had, and it seemed like it would be a whole book so she wrote it by placing words into a document sequentially so they formed sentences. Eventually, she had 60,000 of them that seemed to make sense in a relatively sensible order.
2: She edited and re-wrote the living shit out of that manuscript. Draft upon draft. Until it screamed every time she came near it. She worked until she could hardly stand to be around the manuscript, taking occasional advice from trusted readers, and making each sentence as perfect as she could make it.
3: She did a lot of research and found an agent who seemed like they might want to represent her. She found out how that agent liked to be approached and sent in an outstanding covering letter and the information that the agent had asked for. Then she didn't mind too much when the agent rejected her. But she didn't quit.
4: Eventually, an agent agreed to represent her and managed to get a publisher interested in the book. By this time, she had written a second novel and was at work on a third. Because she's a writer, and writers write.
5: Rinse. Repeat. Never Quit.