It’s scary to cast our projects out into the world and hope the bait on the end of the hook is delicious enough to reel in a good catch. However, I needed more than just hopes and dreams. I needed a physical way to keep my eye on the prize. So what you see on the right is what I’m hoping to catch. This is my visualization wall.
I want my latest WIP to be THE PROJECT that lands me one of these fabulous agents on the right. Every time I walk into my living room, I can’t help but look at that part of my wall. Then again, if you could see my semi-bare walls, you’d notice them, too. I’m so not an interior decorator. 😉
Anyway, they’re there to remind me of several things. First, I believe in my project. I’ve never believed so much like I have this one. Whether it’ll be THE ONE remains to be seen. Second, they remind me of the numerous clients they have whose books I love. I want to be one of those clients and hope that readers will love my books the same. Third, they’re people, too. In other words, they have a business decision to make about me, so it doesn’t make sense to take their rejection (and they will come) personal. Forth, they remind to me to get my ass in gear and start working on something new in case this project doesn’t pan out. After all, if landed one of them as my dream agent, they’d probably tell me to do the same thing while waiting on submissions to NY.
This wall also serves a second purpose. I’ll be easier to keep track of who rejected me and who hadn’t. Yet. That’s not pessimism. That’s realism. It happens a lot in this business. It’s also why I have more people on that wall than I do submission packages. I’m holding off because it’s too soon to submit to some of them. It doesn’t meant they aren’t my dream agents. Still, it pays to see this as a business first and a dream second. It’s a lot easier on the sanity, too. In fact, I’m still looking for more agents to put up there. If my dreams with one don’t pan out, then maybe they will with another.
What does your visualization wall look like? Bigger than mine? Smaller? Do you have agents for now or both agents and publishers?