I hope you are all geared up for the weekend. With the north temps rivaling the one's in the south we should ALL be away from our computers and out in the spring sunshine!
I would like to thank all my blogger buddies for the wonderful support I received from my last post. I have to admit I was a bit bummed not getting into the quarter finals of the ABNA contest for the THIRD year in a row.
As I was cruising the blogosphere yesterday I came across and incredible post written by a fellow blogger friend, E.J. Wesley, of The Open Vein. If you don't know E.J. and you need some inspiration about the pitfalls of getting "hit below the belt" from the publishing/writing world, then hop over there NOW.
Basically E.J. states that we, as writers, need to get back into the ring even though we may get knocked out on more than one occasion. Persistence and perseverance will get us where we want to go.
It's funny, a close friend wrote to me after I told her I didn't make the next cut. What she told me took me for a loop. "Well, Michael, you gave it your best shot. No one will think less of you, if you give up on this writing thing. After all, you did write two books and nothing happened with either. It might be time to focus on something else."
IS SHE INSANE?! Does she not KNOW ME?! Do you honestly think one contest is going make me throw in the towel? HA! Previous to entering this contest, I had sent two queries of BG out into the query world and BOTH times I was asked for fulls. Now the first, I did receive a rejection, BUT, it was an amazing one. And I am still waiting to hear from the other.
Do you know what I did after I finished ranting about not getting in? I sent out two more queries. That's right. I don't give up that easily and NEITHER SHOULD ANY OF YOU. Plus I will be spending this weekend researching more agents that might be a good fit for BG.
I do have better things to do with my time then wallow in self pity. LoL. Not to mention I am finishing up some adorable illustrations for a charming childrens' short story a fellow blogger, N. R. Williams wrote. I will keep you posted on that when I am done and we have it available for all of you to see.
Anyway, stay healthy and enjoy the lovely weather this weekend. See you all on Monday.