This Week's YA Highway Road Trip Topic:
What's the biggest writing / querying / publishing mistake you've made?
I find myself rewriting a little Sinatra this morning..."Mistakes. I've made a few..." Like, a few million. I did do them "My Way", but when it comes to mistakes that isn't necessarily something to be proud of.
In writing, I drove away a supportive critique partner because I disagreed with her idea of where I should go (plot wise) with my book. I realize now that I could have said "Thanks for the ideas, but I'm going to keep trying to make it work this way," but she's a published writer, so I thought I had to convince her my vision was right before I could move forward with her help.
In querying, I re-queried someone about a book that she'd requested a whole of six months earlier, but I never heard back from her. She hadn't remembered to reject my manuscript, but she remembered the query, and I got a curt email saying so. I emailed back, apologizing and explaining about the full request. Now, of course, I realize I should have emailed about the full request instead of re-querying...or just let the whole thing go...sometimes no response is their rejection.
In publishing...Oh wait, I haven't had the chance to make any mistakes there yet. But I'm sure if/when I get to that point there will be plenty...hopefully just ones to learn from instead of regret.
What about you? Any blunders to share?