She's been spotted darting through cyberspace, dropping little comments here and there, leaving behind a smile for the next visitor to wear. If not, you might try the Live to Write blog. She surfaces there rather regularly.
If you've yet to make her acquaintance, drop her a comment and say "Hi!" Then you can tell all your friends that you met superwoman--otherwise known as the awesome Angela Cothran!
The Green Eyed Monster
First off I want to say a big thanks to Jeff for asking me to participate in August is Awesome. I’ve been MIA with my move and a big R&R, so I’ve been missing all my blogging buddies.
I thought a lot about what I wanted to write in this post, and I settled on something that has been on my mind lately--Jealousy.
This summer has been full of announcements by writers that an agent has snatched them up or they have signed a publishing contract. I read the posts then I read the comments, and while most people seem genuinely happy, sometimes there is an edge of, "Why them and not me?"
I’m passionate about being happy for others. I have a few reasons why I believe when one of us succeeds we ALL succeed!
Cold querying works! In a time when who you know matters, the old fashioned way will still get you an agent. Great book + Solid Query = Offer of Representation.
Books still sell! If we were really all in a dying industry like so many people say, would agents still pick up books? No. Books will be here forever. Don’t let anyone tell you they won’t.
On the prowl. Agents are still avidly looking. Somewhere out there is an agent or publisher that will love your book. Don’t give up because they aren’t.
Karma Works. If all else fails, if you can send some sincere excitement to a friend you are sure to get it back :)
This is one of my favorite quotes on envy/jealousy:
"Envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is--downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment."
- Jeffery R. Holland
Hopefully that didn’t come off preachy :) Finding ways to be happy even when it is hard always makes us better people. Like I tell my kids, "Attitude is everything!"
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