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April 7, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: Whiners Need Not Apply

Kate Hart
This week, we're playing along with agent Colleen Lindsay's "No Whining Week" by posting something positive about publishing. Play along at YA Highway, and check out the hashtag #nww to see more.


This week's theme couldn't be better timed for me. Anyone who's been within shouting distance of me knows I am going query crazy. I'm close. Just a few more days, really. I'm trying not to be impatient, but you can probably guess how well I'm succeeding.

But I realized the other day: I should also be savoring these last few days before I jump feet first into the querying pool. (There are sharks in there, you know!) This is the last time that every opportunity will be open to me. Every option, however remote, is legitimately a possibility. It's like the first day of college, when you're pretty sure you can major in every subject, get straight A's, and graduate as a lawyer, doctor, PhD and avant garde artist all at the same time.

... or maybe that was just me.

I have you to thank for my cautious optimism, sweet interwebz. I made friends at Absolute Write and found writer blogs to follow. I watched lowly aspiring authors like me get agented, get book deals, and get published-- or keep trying when they got rejected. I also got on Twitter, followed every writer, agent and publisher I could find, and learned a ton.

Writing is hard. Publishing is hard. Life is hard. It's easier to get through it with good people around you, and that's been the best part of my publishing experience so far: Finding myself surrounded by creative, encouraging people who challenge me to do my best. They pat you on the back... then kick your butt into gear, repeating the immortal words of my father: "Don't do things half-assed. And go to your room if you want to whine."

Massive oversight! My BFF might disown me for leaving out this very important piece!


  1. LOL! I haven't watched that movie in forever. But you're dead-on with your post: people at AW are ready to kick butts into gear. <3

  2. what a phenomenal post, kate.

    i adore you.

  3. Awesome! This is such an exciting time for you and I'm sure you'll take the query world by storm :)

  4. My stomach gets a little upset thinking about it. May your querying be quick and your sub time even quicker.

  5. personally, I don't understand how first-time writers made it happen before the internets. The inspiration and sense of "okay, I'm not alone in this crazy endeavor!" is so necessary. Like on the daily.

    awesome post!

  6. "There's no crying in baseball" is one of my most-used movie quotes ever, along with another one from that movie: "The way it works is, the train moves, not the station." Love Jon Lovitz!

    Happy querying!

  7. yay querying! good good good luck! :)

  8. This was a great answer. I enjoyed reading it.

  9. Oh, and good luck with the querying!! I hope an agent snatches you up real soon! Don't forget us when you make it big! :)

  10. Aw, love that movie.

    Wonderful post. Few industries have the support system we writers have with one another, it's amazing. :)

  11. I love this post! I don't know what I'd do without AW and my writer friends.

  12. You're going to do fine querying ;) But of course we're here to listen.


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