Friday, August 13, 2010

Get Lucky

Do you believe in luck? How can a writer not to some degree? If you're published, you probably feel that there was some luck involved, maybe some cosmic elements that aligned perfectly just as you were submitting queries.

If you're not yet published, especially if you've been working at it for years, I'm sure you feel that luck isn't on your side.

I believe in luck up to a point. The same query landing on the same agent's desk on two different days might not get the same response. That's the luck part. On the other hand, I also believe we have some control over how lucky we get. You have to be writing and submitting for your query to end up on the agent's desk in the first place.

Louis Pasteur is credited with saying, "Chance favors the prepared mind."

I say, "Prepare your mind, and increase your chances."

Don't just write, work on your craft. Finish the book. Prepare a synopsis (yes, I know, ugh). Create a query. Get feedback. Write, revise, tweak.

Then, most important of all: SEND.

Make Friday the 13th a day to celebrate. Good luck!


Heather said...

Great advice! I firmly believe that you work on what you can control, and hope for the best with all of the rest!

Gwen Hernandez said...

Exactly, Heather. =)

Callie James said...

I totally agree!

Friday was my 7th anniversary with hubby. So we were definitely celebrating. And I also got a request for the full on the new book ... same day. :)

More celebrating. It's the little things.

JoAnn said...

Great post, Gwen!

And Callie -- congrats on the full request! That's awesome news! (And congrats on 7 with hubby too!)

Gwen Hernandez said...

Happy Anniversary, Callie. And what a great gift, getting a full request. Good *luck*! ;-)

Gwen Hernandez said...

Thanks for reading, JoAnn.

Carla Swafford said...

You're so right, Gwen. Luck only plays a small part of it. At least I hope.

In regards to Friday the 13th, I think of my grandmother and how she felt 13 was a lucky number. She was married on the 13th, her first house number was 13, and she had 13 children. Despite marriage and that many children and what some of us would think, yes, she thought 13 had done her right.

Gwen Hernandez said...

It sounds like 13 was definitely lucky for your grandma. I think we get what we expect to some degree. Or maybe it's just what we focus on.

If we focus on and remember everything bad that happened to us each day (no matter how small), we'll feel unlucky.

The reverse is also true. And, I think, whichever we choose to focus on will have an impact on the types of people and events we attract into our lives.