Friday, February 25, 2011
A Special Kind of Crazy
I was recently talking to my mom about my friend, Kasie, who was considering two offers of representation from fantastic agents. Our conversation went like this:
Mom: So, how will she pick?
Me: She'll talk to them and see what she thinks, then make her decision.
Mom: Well, what are they offering?
Me: *pause* To represent her?
Mom: But is one offering a better deal? Like more money or better perks?
Me: No, this is just to represent her. They don't pay her for that. In fact, she pays them...but not until they sell her books.
Mom: How do they sell her books?
Me: They send them out on submissions to editors and see if any of them want to publish it.
Mom: So, let me get this straight. Writers spend years struggling through, trying to perfect the craft, to keep learning and writing until finally, if they're lucky and work hard enough--they nab an agent... and then basically, they start querying all over again?
Me: *long pause* Um... I've got to go.
I think we have to be a special kind of crazy to pursue this career. Not everyone can understand the things we put ourselves through for our dreams. May I say I feel lucky to be surrounded by special people like you? :)