I've had an AHA! moment and I want to share it with all of you.
Over at Denise Little's blog (agent) she posted that she was getting 1,600 emails a day!!! Now, I know there are three things little boys and girls want to be when they grow up--Doctors, Cops, and Writers, but this number jolted me into reality.
Agents are busy people. Don't laugh, I know you know agents are busy people. We all know. But seeing it and hearing it, is much more different than just knowing. Can you imagine having to filter through 1,600 queries! Sometimes I can't even stomach my own, I'm going to try to make sense of another 1,599.
It puts things in perspective. When working on querying agents remember 1,599. When writing your hook, pitch, conflict, synopsis, personal statement, first five pages, think 1,599 others waiting to be filtered. All those behind the nameless queries with the same aspiration, skills, and possibly plot idea as yours.
Don't get discouraged! That is not my intent with this post. But learn from it, become better because of it, and know, for reals, that you need to put your best foot forward and then some. And revel in the small victories because if you think 1,599, that small victory jumped a few degrees and made you one step closer to your dreams.