STATUS: Tech day at the Agency. I finally bought a new Tablet PC and my tech person had to get it up to speed. I can’t wait to use it.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? JACK & DIANE by John Mellencamp
I was reading the Romance Writers Report last week (for those of you who don’t know, this is the official magazine of Romance Writers of America). In the mag, they have a first sales column where writers get to announce their first sale.
Okay, sounds like Deal Lunch but for romance. But what I love about this column is that oftentimes, the writers will share how many manuscripts they wrote before finally selling that debut novel.
And let me tell you, it is never novel number one.
How many manuscripts, on average, do you think writers tend to write before selling?
If I do the math (and this isn’t scientific in anyway because I’m only using one column and not gathering statistics from let’s say all last year’s issues), the average comes out to about four.
Yep, most authors, on average, wrote four novels before selling.
And this probably holds true for more than just romance. Just chat with published authors and most will tell you they have a manuscript or two under the bed gathering dust.
So I guess what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t give up or lose faith if novel number one doesn’t go anywhere.