Jump the Cracks

I am blessed.

I spend my days doing what I love. I’ve won an SCBWI Work-in-Progress grant. 
I have a brilliant, well-respected, sought-after agent.
My first novel is coming out in days.

Wow. I am truly blessed.

But one thing I am NOT is lucky.


If you want to be published, you need to do three things:

1. You need to read. A lot.

2. You need to write. A whole lot.

3. You need to want it. Bad. This is not the same as being obnoxious or pushy or unrealistic. It is not the same as obsessing over the submissions process or the mysteries of the publishing business at the expense of #1 and #2 above. It is not the same as attending every conference within striking distance if you don’t do #1 and #2 above. If you want it badly enough, you will never tire of #1 or #2.

 

The list is short, but it’s not simple. It takes hard work.

You make your own luck.

Jump the Cracks
Check out Cynthia Leitich Smith's interview with agent Tracey Adams here.

Cyn is doing a whole series on the Bologna Children's Book Fair, which has been really informative but is also making me extremely jealous and hungry for pasta and chianti.

Va bene!

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