Yesterday was #Adpit, a Twitter pitch contest of sorts, and as I read the feed and dreamt of my own pitches (coming to a Twitter near you, next year) I felt inspired. Here was a batch of writers who put themselves out there to try and get some interest in their book.
I say who cares if an agent didn’t favorite your pitch. You had a story in your head, sat down and wrote a whole book. Doesn’t it amaze you that you had all those words and ideas in your head? How many people don’t get farther than having a good story idea? How many write a book, then are so terrified that it’s not good enough that they stick it on the shelf. It’s like that scene in Elf (If you haven’t seen the Will Ferrell classic, then I have no words, because it is greatness!). In the scene, while walking around NYC, he spots a sign in the window announcing a diner has won for best cup of coffee (even though it’s just a crappy cup of coffee).
Here it is:
The point? Look at your gleaming manuscript. Remind yourself that it’s full of heart and soul, and okay – probably some blood, sweat and tears too, but be proud of it again. Be excited that it even exists, that you did it, that it’s here and it’s the best! Believe in it, and believe in yourself as a writer.