With a Little Help From My Friends

I used to get discouraged when I would take a writing class or attend a conference and be forced to acknowledge that the world is full of talented writers who are as more driven than I am to create and tell stories.  It made my dreams feel ordinary and facing the competition was depressing.

Then, five years ago, I joined a writing group formed in one of those classes. I never felt that way again. I became invested in these people and the stories that they tell. I want them to achieve their writing and life goals and I believe that they will. I’ll be there with reasonably priced champagne when they do.

Yesterday, I got an email from a friend who is a former member of my writing group.  I mentioned that I had submitted a writing sample to another agent and that I was prepared for the statistical probable rejection that I will receive.  He replied with this message:

Final 2015 stats from an agency in Denver: 29k submissions. 130 requests for full manuscripts. 3 new authors signed.

You don’t get to be one of the final three without first being one of the 29k.

Writers are not your competition.  They are your fellow dreamers.  We all have stories to tell.

Sit down and email one of them right now.  I guarantee they will appreciate the encouragement.

About Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis has worked as a barista, a book seller, a jewelry store window dresser, a wood shop lackey, a receptionist, an extra on Touched By An Angel, and once built thirty giant ants out of paper mâché to decorate a parade float. It took an entire weekend and she was paid approximately twenty dollars. She has written six short and one act plays which have been produced in showcases and festivals in Salt Lake City - Utah, Austin - Texas and Manhattan - New York. Her full length play, Locking Doors, was produced by the University of Utah in 2005. Subsequent productions were later staged in Twin Falls - Idaho and Jackson Hole - Wyoming. Ms. Lewis is currently employed in the pharmaceutical industry and is working on a masters in technical writing. She finds that keeping this web log effective prevents her dying from boredom. She is also makes and sells wheel-thrown pottery and is working on another full length play and a book of short stories. Rachel Lewis is a Utah native and lives in Salt Lake City with her Yorkshire terrier, Wensleydale Doggiepants.

5 responses to “With a Little Help From My Friends

  1. Exactly. I’m just starting my writing journey. One 70K word Romance novel that I’m now editing again.. Yeah I’ve received rejections. Sucks..
    But I’m gonna keep writing now that the first one is written (and being rewritten because written in wrong tense apparently)

    Write.. Share your passion.. Enjoy!


  2. Reblogged this on D Anderson Romance Writing and commented:
    So true.. Write and share your passion!!

    • Rachel, I thought I was reblogging this article to my active blog. I bought the URL http://www.DAndersonRomance.com through WIX. Please take a look there and possibly follow me. The blogs there are much more pertinent to your passions. Thank you for looking at the other.

      I can’t figure out how to share your blog onto my blog there on WIX.. (I’m a little slow on that aspect LOL)

  3. Carol aka Running Granny Green

    Have you considered self-publishing?

    • mslewisinfers

      Yes, I haven’t ruled it out. I’m going to keep looking at traditional publishers a little longer and then I’ll probably go that route.

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