The other day I sat at my computer contemplating what to start next.
Here are my stats:
I've written six novels. Some young adult, some adult.
I've queried two.
One was too unique of an idea. In agreement I decided to step back and write another.
The other I queried for awhile, received a few requests, but overall the query didn't cut it. Agents weren't biting. I felt defeated.
Then, while staring at my computer, I changed my tactics. I went different, unique, quirky even. I decided to be myself. I rewrote my query.
It paid off. I gave myself the guts to take a chance. I emailed my query to an agent whom I adore and they asked for a full within the hour. It was thrilling. My quirkiness had paid off. I didn't ask anyone to look at it, I realized by doing so I was questioning the work I knew was good.
Now, I will note, it was later rejected but the euphoria that came with me being myself made it worth while. The agent also rejected it, not for my content, but due to the age of what she normally represented. The agent gave me hope, and without her even knowing, she gave me the courage to be myself.
Where do you gain courage? How do you pick yourself up when you've fallen? I want to hear your story!