I was looking for a great picture to put on this blog post. One that would create hopeful feelings in the viewer.
I didn't find anything I could use, but I did find a hopeful picture I couldn't use.
The one I couldn't use was Charlie Brown and Lucy with her ol' football trick.
I liked it, because that's how I feel this month.
I feel like I'm submitting on the promise that nobody will pull the football out from under me.
You see, if I knew 100% that I would never kick that football (i.e. be a published author) then I wouldn't bother submitting. But there's that tiny chance that THIS TIME I've got something they want. That THIS TIME I'll get that dream offer for representation.
So I run up with all my might. Hoping that football stays put long enough for me to kick it.
And when I receive a rejection, it doesn't ever mean I won't kick that football next time. (How's that for a double negative?)
This month, I received a rejection because the agent didn't represent picture books. That's always the hardest for me because I feel like I've failed to do my homework. I try to find agents that want what I'm writing. And I hate wasting the agent's time because I missed the important fact that they don't represent my chosen genre.
But I have to know I've done my best and move on.
So I just keep running up to footballs - er - agencies.
And giving them my best kick - er - work - er...
I think this analogy has broken down somewhere.
Note: The picture on this blog post has nothing to with the content, but I took it with my own camera. Though the picture I wished to post was protected under the Creative Commons copyright, it features characters created by Charles Schultz. I could not in good conscience post the picture without permission.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)