This post is all about celebrating the success of your friends. Things are tough in the literary world right now. Books are taking months, sometimes longer to sell to publishers. Agents are being far more discerning than they've ever been, taking on fewer and fewer new clients. But don't let this discourage you. This is the perfect time to reap the benefits of all the social networking you've been doing (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.).
The best part about the writing community is that when one of us succeeds we can all celebrate. Every success is a sign that things are getting better, books are selling, and agents are taking on new clients. Today I have several fantastic announcements to make so you can all celebrate the success of my friends. You may have heard me mention a few of them but they're worth mentioning again since we're celebrating today.
Earlier this month my friend, Frankie Mallis, received an offer of representation from Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency! Stop by here to congratulate Frankie: http://frankiediane.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-have-big-news.html
Writer Nikki Katz, a friend of mine from Twitter, has just received an offer of representation for her young adult urban fantasy novel from Bree Odgen at Martin Literary Management! Stop by here to congratulate Nikki: http://www.nikkikatz.com/?p=271
My Twitter friend Robin Mellom and her agent Jill Corcoran just sold her debut novel currently titled Ditched to Disney-Hyperion! Stop by here to congratulate Robin: http://robinmellom.blogspot.com/2010/03/omgi-sold-my-book.html
Just this week my Twitter friend Elana Johnson's young adult book currently titled Control Issues sold to Simon Pulse! Congratulations to her and her agent Michelle Andelman! Stop by here to congratulate her: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/2010/05/story-of-girl.html
If you don't have any friends to celebrate with you're welcome to borrow mine. Then go out, get on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Scribblerati, whichever social media site interests you, and connect with other writers! Networking isn't just about getting to know people who will buy your book. It's about making friends and supporting each other. The road to getting published is a long one. Share it with others and the journey will be as great as the destination.