Over the past few weeks, I've visited a lot of writing and agent blogs, and learned a lot about the publishing industry. I just finished the "Be an Agent for a Day" contest over at Nathan Bransford's blog. Initially, I was disappointed that my query wasn't chosen, but after seeing all those wonderfully polished, professional query letters I am glad mine wasn't picked. I would have been so embarrassed!
I have to say that all of the information I'm learning, although extremely helpful, is also making me feel discouraged about my own project. If I hadn't gotten so far already, and if I weren't writing because I feel compelled to, I would probably give up now.
The competition is so fierce, and there are so many better writers out there, and my time is so limited, that I'm feeling strongly tempted to just self-publish my book and give it to relatives for Christmas. I just can't see how anyone can get published these days unless you have something totally fresh, new and different with absolutely killer writing. And I'm not vain enough to think I have it.
But, I do have some very pretty pansies.