Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk?

I've heard a lot of people talk about how much luck is involved in getting published. Some people say it's very little luck if you work very hard. Others are of the opinion that if you have the right contacts then luck isn't necessary. And there are many who think it is mostly luck.

What do you, my lovely/intelligent/awesome bloggy friends think? What percentage do you think is luck vs. skill vs. who you know?

Your public demands to know!!!

Also------- Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! :)

18 comments:

  1. I think it's a little of both. =)

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  2. Lol, I have no idea about percentages, but I would have to say the largest portion would definitely be due to talent.

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  3. I'd say... 80% talent, 20% luck. Let's face it, we all need a little of the "right place at the right time" thing going for us. =)

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  4. I agree with Sydnee. We need a little luck, but mostly I think it's talent. I, for one, don't want to be published on luck alone. I would rather wait until I'm good enough, instead of getting bad writing published.

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  5. Interesting... 80% skill consensus so far. Can't say I disagree.

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  6. It would be great to think that it was all based on talent... but I think there is a lot of 'in the right place at the right time' involved.

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  7. Luck is when hard work meets opportunity. I think I heard that on Oprah.

    I think you have to have some luck in the fact of getting your book with the right agent, but if you don't have a good book, all bets are off.

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  8. I say 75% talent, 20% luck, and 5% who you know or can use as a door opener. :-)

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  9. I think I'm going to have to go with...prayer. At least it feels like we have a bit more control over prayer than luck! The good thing about prayer is that it also helps with skill!

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  10. I don't think it's so much LUCK as it is TIMING. And you can't control either, so if you just WORK HARD enough, everything else will fall into place. I think.

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  11. i seriously adore your writing way, very charming,
    don't give up as well as keep writing considering it just well worth to follow it.
    excited to read more of your well written articles, have a great day!

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  12. Luck plays a role in everything, publishing included.

    However, hard work and competent skills go a long way towards improving the odds.

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  13. How does that one saying go?? "There's no such thing as luck, only preparation meeting opportunity." I probably butchered it, but something like that. I tend to agree with Elana on this one. Work hard and some day the timing will catch up. :) I think sometimes we use the word luck when the ultimate result is out of our control (which is the case with publishing). So I find that if I work hard at what I can control: The writing part, then hopefully the publishing part will eventually follow.

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  14. Oh he's adorable!

    I'd say it depends. Some authors are published due to talent. Others due to luck. But mostly it's both.

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  15. I have read a few places that if you keep trying and working hard (may be years) you'll probably get published. Anyway, I echo what everyone else has said.

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  16. As the saying goes: The harder you work, the luckier you get.

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  17. I don't believe in luck.
    Hard work, a postive outlook can get you further faster and of course above all that God. :)

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