I know the blog has been sparse these days, but it’s because I’ve been spending the majority of my time on my book.
The last few weeks I have been spending my mornings sending out book proposals to literary agents. The publishing world kind of works like Hollywood. You need an agent to get you an “audition”. Most publishers won’t even look at some unknown writer like me without a literary agent connection. But it’s hard to even get a literary agent without previously published works or a massive following.
So this is kind of your fault for not sharing my blogs and getting me millions of followers. Thanks, guys.
It kind of feels like I’m unemployed again shooting applications and resumes into space and never hearing back. It also feels like dating again. Shooting my courage and dignity into space and losing it forever.
Each agency has their own guidelines and specifications for submitting a book proposal, so you can’t really fly through the process. And each agent wants a specific kind of writer or story. Now it can take up to eight weeks for most agents to even get back to you with a “no”, so hopefully in a few weeks I’ll have some good news to report.
But as I send out these proposals, I keep hoping there will be just one agent who likes what I’ve written enough to believe in me and give me a chance in field where everyone wants a sure bet.
I’ve believed for years that all it takes is just one person to like you for everything to change.
Just one person with the right connections or the right amount of faith in you. It’s how I got my job I have now. My wife met an HR manager at my company on an elevator in our apartment building in downtown Jacksonville. Had it not been for that one-minute conversation, I may have never even gotten an interview.
All it takes is one person.
As I send out these proposals, I keep praying for the one. But as I am waiting for that one person with book connections, it got me wondering if I am the one person who someone else needs.
What if we all are that one person to someone? What if someone is waiting for us to have a little faith in them and see what no one else around them is seeing? What if we have something more to give that we have even realized about ourselves?
Maybe someone needs you to stand in their corner. Maybe someone needs your friendship. Maybe someone needs your money. Maybe someone needs your encouragement. Maybe someone needs you to remember they reached out to you about a job opportunity. Maybe someone needs you to go out of your way a little.
My life hasn’t been changed by the masses. My life has been changed by the ones.
The ones who invested in me. The ones who believed in me. The ones who gave me a decent shot.
Keep your eyes open. All it takes is one person to change everything.
Whose life could we change with just one moment?
And now let’s all have a good cry watching the power of one person at Jim Henson’s memorial service here.