Your Lucky Break!
On my August 21 post about publishing myths, David commented: “The thing that worries me the most is that a vast majority of stories about finding agents I hear or read about in blogs, message boards, or authors’ websites involve some lucky break or some connection.”
That’s a good point, David. Like many businesses, publishing is built on personal connections. But if this is a big worry for you, then you may not be giving enough credence to the idea that to some extent, we create our lucky breaks.
What’s that old saying? Luck is where opportunity meets preparedness? This is not a bunch of gobbledygook, it really is true.
Granted, all situations are not equal, and everyone doesn’t have the exact same opportunities. But we all have some control over the connections we make, the networking we do with other writers, the conferences we attend, and the blogs we comment on. We also have some control over our writing – how hard we’ve worked to make it the best we can.
Many of my clients have come to me through referrals – that is, personal connections. But they didn’t have a magic formula. They created connections just the same way you can, by networking with other writers. They did enough networking that they eventually met someone who was impressed with their writing and was also a friend of mine. We were introduced and I loved their writing. I offered to represent them, and I sold their book.
From the outside this often looks like a “lucky break.” But it’s much more than luck. An opportunity arose that the person was prepared to jump on.
You create the potential opportunities by networking with other writers and people in publishing. You create preparedness by being the best writer you can.
Keep writing and keep networking (as you are right here on the Internet). So that when your opportunity comes, you’ll be prepared with a completed, saleable manuscript. And you, too, might get your amazing lucky break.