I want to take a moment today to congratulate the beautiful Leigh Ann Kopans.
(a place I have yet to be, and don't think I'm quite ready for).
I watched as she received rejections not only from queries, but from requests, be they partials or fulls. I watched as she had a freakin' BABY (a cute baby, I might add) in the middle of all this insanity.
I watched her enter ONE into contests and I saw her talk to her Critique Partners on Twitter about things that could make ONE even better than it already was.
I saw her feeling down a couple times, and ask if it was worth it.
Then I saw her keep writing.
(if not all, I think) of the agents on her list had been queried. She re-vamped, she tweaked, she re-wrote, all with the help of some incredible CP's and beta readers.
I was literally JUST telling my husband two days ago how I was thinking of asking Leigh Ann if I could read ONE for her. I'd heard so much and was seriously intrigued - I wanted to read it. Then I wake up this morning to her post called:
It Takes a Village To Raise a Writer (Or: Agented!)
At first I wondered if one of her CP's had been signed (she's amazing about supporting other writers, myself included) but as I read on it became clear. I got tears in my eyes and a knot in my chest -
Leigh Ann has an agent!
This is the first time that someone I've been in personal contact with (not IN-person, but you know) has been signed. I... words aren't coming...
She and her Critique Partners have been inspirational to me over the last months. They are a supportive, tight-knit group who aren't afraid to be open and honest and ruthless with each other's works. They've shown me that it's a hard road I've chosen, but it's worth it.
Most of all, they've taught me to just keep writing.
So that's what I'll do.
Thanks Leigh Ann (and CP'S! It's a win for ALL of you!), and congratulations.
I couldn't be happier!
Now go over to Leigh Ann's blog and wish her luck on this newest leg of her writing journey!
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