Thursday, May 29, 2008

Oh No! The Suspense!

Took the big step and sent sample chapters to a literary agent (virtually the only way to secure a contract at a big publisher). As I looked them over, in good authorly/artist fashion, I became completely convinced that I'm a talentless loser and will never amount to anything and I might as well forget it. But, I sent them anyway (my insecurities do not paralyze me as thoroughly as they do many others). So we'll see!


Blogger Scott said...

The Terrifying Uncertainty of the Artist syndrome (TUOTA). Yes, I think most writers are familiar. :) I often think that, with my insecurity about my own self-worth and talent, and my complete inability NOT to take rejection personally, I have chosen just about the worst possible dream to follow for my psychological makeup. And yet I keep doing it--maybe I'm a closeted masochist as well. :)

I try to console myself by thinking about all those books at Barnes and Noble that are just obvious, unrepentant crap and yet somehow got published--but usually that just depresses me more.

2:33 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Ah, yes, looking at the shelves at Barnes and Noble is surely a two-edged experience. On the one hand, you think, "Wait, if all this was published, surely I can!" but then you think, "Wait, even this stuff was deemed better and more worthy than mine? I must be really bad!"

2:52 PM  

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