If you’re querying agents I hope you want to be traditionally published and be able to work in a collaborative partnership. However, some of you might get an agent and think: “Is this what I really wanted?”
Those of you with entrepreneurial spirits might feel resentful if you don’t get a deal right away, knowing you could self publish.
Those of you with trust issues might not be ready to pass off the baton to get to the finish line.
Those of you with friends in the business might feel jealousy creep up over your shoulder when it feels like everyone around you is getting book deals before you.
Steady and affirm your intentions in this process.
Answer these Qs:
- What do I want my publishing experience to look like?
- Are my goals realistic for what I’ve set out to accomplish?
- Am I ready to share the ups and downs of my career with other people? (Family, friends, agents, editors, assistants, publicists etc.)
- Do I really want to be traditionally published or does self-publishing suit me?
- How much time am I willing to give myself to get 1) an agent 2) a book deal?
This is your experience and you’re in charge of how it works out and how you let it into your life–and how you let it lift you up or bring you down.