This week alone, I QUIT:
Okay, not really. But I had my moments. Moments of frustration. Moments of doubt. Moments of exhaustion and embarrassment. Moments where I thought, “I am done.”
Audrey Vernick captures this “quitting” moment so perfectly in her newest picture book, FIRST GRADE DROUPOUT, illustrated by the fabulous Matthew Cordell.
Oh, how I relate to this moment! Remember that time you addressed that query to the wrong person? Or attached an old version of your manuscript to the email? Or overeagerly sent a status query after only 4 weeks? And when you figured out your mistake, you were certain the entire publishing industry was laughing at you behind the scenes, passing your query around to each other, and saying, “Take a look at this bozo!”
So what does it take for this young boy to return to school?
Someone who says,
I’ve been there.
Let me tell you about that thing I did that was ten times worse!
So, in the spirit of lifting each other up, let’s share. What’s your most embarrassing submission story?
Here’s one of mine:
I once got some personal comments from an agent and decided to write her back and thank her for them. I thought I was being super market savvy by congratulating her on a recent book she had sold for a client that I had seen in Publisher’s Marketplace. Unfortunately, I had mixed her up with another agent! She was gracious in her note back to me, but made it very clear that the author I mentioned was not her client. Oops!
I’d love to hear from the rest of you. Share your OOPS moment in the comments!