Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Not at This Address

"This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'not at this address.' Just keep looking for the right address."
~Barbara Kingsolver


When you are sure (really sure) you are ready - critiques collected, prose polished, research finished, query perfected, agents selected... - then send out those letters and manuscripts. Be really sure your precious package is at its best. And then, "just keep swimming; just keep swimming"; keep sending them out until you find the "right address".

Besides, every time we say we don't believe in agents or publishers or our own stories, another MS falls down dead. Just ask Tinkerbell! She'll tell you.

33 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, this is too funny! I'll be querying soon (eek!). I'll remember your warning. I wouldn't want another fairy, I mean ms to bite the dust!

Kittie Howard said...

Funny but true. We gotta keep swimming. I won't be ready to query until the middle of next year so have tucked your warning away to remind me to keep going.

Kelly said...

This business is so subjective!
Just keep queryin'!

Christine Fonseca said...

Anyone who can quote Dori is my hero...Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

storyqueen said...

This is the perfect way to look at it! (And I think I really DID get that pointing finger hand stamped on my ms envelope once.....)

Shelley

Clarissa Draper said...

Great advice! Way to think positive.

CD

Heidi Willis said...

Awesome quote!!

Laurel said...

Thanks for this encouraging post. I'm out in query land, too, and it's quite the roller coaster!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Shannon, thanks for throwing out life vests today. ;)

Lynn said...

Great quote and advise! I love to swim but hate the cold waters sometimes!

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the laugh!

I believe! I don't want MS blood/ink on my hands

Yes, I just haven't sent my query to the correct address.

Natalie said...

YES!!! It's all about perseverance.

Kathryn Magendie said...

That's such a beautiful way of saying it! It's a lot more difficult now, but, if we keep from giving up, and keep our minds open to opportunties that maybe are altered from what we thought would happen, then the universe can open up to us *smiling*

J. L. Jackson said...

Hi Shannon! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Very incouraging words on your post. Look forward to the future posts as well.

JW said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for the support on my blog. I am not yet to query state, but when I am there and ready to send my package out I will remember this message, for sure! What a lovely way to look at it!! Enjoy the week. Janelle

Tamika: said...

What spot on encouragement! Our stories will only find the right home if we keep searching!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Yes! And write on!

Patti Lacy said...

LOVE Barbara Kingsolver, just recently reread Poisonwood Bible.

Great quote!!

Would love you to check out my blog today for a bittersweet writer's story...

Blessings, dear one.
Patti

Lori W. said...

Shannon,
I don't know where you find all these fantastic quotes, but your encouraging posts are so often just what I need. Thanks!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

That is so awesome! And just what I needed today. Hmm... maybe I need to query Ms. Kingsolver! :)

Patti said...

I keep telling myself that.

Bethany Mattingly said...

Love your posts, love, love. I always leave here feeling better than when I arrived.

Shellie said...

Words to live by, if your a wannabe writer anyway. Thanks, Shannon.

Donna Hosie said...

"Subjective" is the key word to remember when querying.

Raquel Byrnes said...

So true and so encouraging. For those who would write no matter what...it helps to know that you'd do it anyway. Keep learning. Keep striving. Keep on keeping on.
Great post.

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Lynda Young said...

Love this. Great advice too.

Lyn
W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Vicki Rocho said...

You are in so much trouble for putting that swimming song in my head.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh

:D

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shannon -

Loved the quote!

We're not splashing around a pond. This is the English Channel, requiring endurance, strength, and perseverence.

Blessings,
Susan :)

DL Hammons said...

But....how do you know when your really sure? *sigh*

Deb Salisbury said...

Love this post, Shannon!

Susanne Drazic said...

Great post. Great quote. Great advice. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
: )

Angela said...

lol.

AchingHope said...

Haha... Nice.

I can't wait to be ready to query!! Just finishing the editing touches *sigh* Which will take Forever.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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