I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with seven things I’ve learned about writing and publishing for Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog. Now if only life would stop teaching me SO many lessons! Here’s the first one:
It’s not always about you. When my first novel hit the shelves, I came across a surprisingly violent review: a blogger, upset with a particular passage, threw my book against her wall! Shocked and dismayed, I showed my mother, a psychologist, the review. She simply nodded and said, “Wow. That sure says a lot about her.” Oh, right. Readers filter stories through their own experiences, values, and expectations. Sometimes our work simply won’t connect—with anything other than a wall.
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