Don’t Compare Your Beginning To Someone Else’s Middle

dontcompareSuch a great quote and couldn’t be more relevant in book publishing–literally.

Don’t let reading an amazing book stop you from starting yours.

Don’t let your rough draft linger because it’s not good enough–that’s what editing is for.

Don’t compare the beginning of your career to another writer’s middle.

Don’t compare your book deal with anyone else’s.

Don’t be jealous of other authors. It should only spur you on to think if they can do it, so can you.

Don’t let anyone tell you that there’s only one way to publish.

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

11 thoughts on “Don’t Compare Your Beginning To Someone Else’s Middle

  1. It is very hard as someone at the beginning of my writing journey to see someone that is being successful and think that I will be there. I want it, and I’m working at it.

    Thank you for this. Sometimes, all we need is a little thing to get us moving in the bigger direction.


  2. I needed this today, thanks. It’s so hard sometimes not to compare my path with someone else, but those thoughts only deepen the funks, when they come. Better to just keep the eyes forward, and place one foot in front of the other.


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