I got my book in the mail yesterday and held it in my hands for the first time. It was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t even take it out of the box for thirty minutes once I glimpsed the cover. I closed the box and went into my kids room to clean. Something about removing my book from the box made it all so real and I just wasn’t ready for it. Weird? Maybe so.
If you are working on your own novel, I would like to encourage you to keep working and never give up. Find a great critique group or review partner. Read tons of books on writing techniques. Edit, edit, and edit again, then after that, read your book out loud and edit it, then record it, play it back, and edit it some more. Send it off to those agents. Get rejected. Send it to some more. Get rejected more. Find an agent, self-pub your best work, just don’t ever give up.
There are no words for the feeling of holding the weight of your book in your hands. It is worth ever second of toiling and every pain of rejection. Be encouraged today that you can do it! If you are willing to put in the hard work it takes, you will make it.