4. Like a sandspur in your swimsuit, comparison will make you miserable. One of your writing friends will get a book deal before you. Someone else will win an award you felt you deserved. Another pal may find themselves on Good Morning America because their book hit a relevant topic at just the right moment in history. The more time you spend wishing you could achieve the levels of success of those around you, the less content you will be with your own. The best and most helpful attitude I have been able to adopt is to tell myself that every writer has moments and it's my joy to celebrate them. When their book releases. When they get a good review. When their name is called from the stage. If you are your friends' loudest cheerleader, you will hear a deafening roar when you moment comes.
5. You can't make Luck, but Luck can make you. I have had several serendipitous moments in my writing career to which I can attribute no amount of effort or talent on my own part. There was the TV station manager I met in line at the coffee shop. A month later I was on the CBS morning show. And then there’s the editor who thinks I bear an uncanny resemblance to their firstborn son. That editor always responds to my submissions. The more time you spend putting yourself out into the world, the more chances you will have to cross paths with Luck. And if you have a great manuscript ready when Luck comes knocking–that’s when the real magic happens.
6. Getting discovered is a dream come true for more than you. Yes, I realize that sounds a little bit like Dr. Seuss but we’re going to run with it. Everyone gets excited about the buzz of a shiny new talent. Publishers love to debut their latest rockstar, fingers crossed for chart-topping sales. Editors and agents build reputations on bringing brilliant books to life from previously unknown voices. And let’s not forget about all of your writing friends who get to dress up for the launch party. When and if it happens, embrace it. You only debut once so enjoy the ride!