This Week's Topic:
What's the biggest writing / querying / publishing mistake you've made?
Well this should be entertaining.
This was a few years back, right about the time I finished my very first manuscript. Oh, yeah. You know where this is going.
I have a friend locally who writes as well. She writes adult fantasy, and we like to get together and write on occasion. So, we planned to go to a local writers conference. My friend was already a member of the writers group putting the conference on -- so she nabbed us a couple of pitch sessions with agents. Awesome, right?
The agent was lovely and sweet and funny and easy to talk to, but I realized about the time I walked into that room that I wasn't close to ready for this. I mean, I had spent the few months prior scouring the internet and trying to learn everything I could, but -- yeah. Not. Ready.
Things turned out alright -- the agent liked my concept and requested to read pages. I went home and, lesson learned, truly immersed myself into the world of publishing.
Yes, the agent ultimately rejected that MS. Of course. But some good came from it -- number one, I realized what I needed to do if I was serious about going after publication. And two, I made a personal contact with one of the nicest agents in the industry. That agent will forever have my respect for treating newbie me so kindly.
I still cringe when I think about it though. ;)
What about you? Made any cringe-worthy mistakes?