Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Dancing With Words
I've been to several conferences lately. Most had agents. Most had agent panels as well as pitch sessions. The writers were scared to death.
I've sat in on panels of agents. They often deliver a depressing message. In one particular session I attended, they couldn't say one positive comment without a massive disclaimer about the huge odds against a writer, the uphill battle, the uncertainty of traditional publishing. They vacilated between sounding clichish and appearing fearful for their own profession. Writers left the room almost feeling that self-publishing was better for all parties concerned.
Face after face exited the room afterwards, no smiles intact. Some were asked for more chapters or the next thirty pages at the pitch sessions, but one author's comment represented most..."I know how this works. I don't have high expectations she'll take it."
You aren't writing because of the odds.
You aren't writing because of how an agent makes you feel.
You are writing because you like dancing with words. You love moving around the dance floor, pushing and pulling, dipping, toe-tapping and skipping along with words. Enjoy the embrace. Because that's the feeling you should keep when the music stops.