“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
After a whirlwind of excitement last week, which you can read about HERE, I’ve come to the full realization that I now have an even bigger team on my side. As writer, beyond my family and critique partners, I’d nearly forgotten what it was like to work with others. I used to only answer to my self made schedules and timelines. I have now an agent with a vested interest in my process.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie
While I know you maybe thinking, “oh no people…” let me put your introverted heart to rest and tell you it’s incredible. Having an agent is like a having Gandolph, Mr. Miagi, or Yoda available anytime online. You respect them enough not to ask dumb questions, but when you need them they are there.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford
The other big difference is the learning curve. Having focused on writing fiction for years now I hadn’t even begun to dig into the depths of non-fiction. Yet, here I am. If I can say anything it’s this: take it all in and then let it all out. Make your to-do list like you usually do. Sigh that it’s longer than it had been. Then do one at a time to the best of your ability. Don’t run yourself out the first week. Don’t stress. You are a writer and a writer can only write so much.
Everything starts with one step, or one brick, or one word or one day. –Jeremy Gilley
So if you need help writing your query letter or with word count, or just need encouragement reach out to your writing community. Find them on Twitter at #writingcommunity. We will encourage you to keep going even when things seem out of reach. Comment below and I’ll be your team cheerleader. You can do this.