Confession: I made up that number. Actually, there are many more vignettes about the writing community than just 286.
Seriously, though… I could go on and on with stories to illustrate how supportive the writing community is (to answer Kait’s question from last week!) Here’s just one:
It started at a [nameless] writer’s conference.
I was thrilled because I had an appointment to pitch a [nameless] agent. This person wasn’t just an agent. This person was an A-rated New York agent, whose client list included bestsellers. And I had scored ten minutes of this person’s time!
Agent: “What makes you think that anyone in New York would be interested in anything a middle-aged housewife has to say?”
Right. Nothing I said made sense. I had no response for this person, who hadn’t even asked what was the title of my book. Clearly, this person was not the right agent for me. I blathered about something for a couple minutes, mumbled some excuse, and stumbled out of the pitch room.
I’m sure my face was pasty white. Wishing that a hole would open up in the floor and swallow me, I staggered out into the hall. A [nameless] best-selling author whom I know—thanks to my terrific, local writing community—happened to be passing by at that moment.
B-S Author: “Sue! Good to see you again! How are you?”
B-S Author: “Come with me. I want you to tell me every word that happened.”
B-S Author, who had been on the way to an important meeting, grabbed me by the arm and steered me to a couch in a quiet corner. I sobbed out my story as best-selling author’s eyes turned to little burning nuggets of coal. B-S Author promised to get to the bottom of the scandalous behavior of [nameless] agent, but that didn’t matter anymore. B-S Author had taken the time to help me, and then on top of that, told me a personal story where B-S Author had also suffered uncalled-for humiliation on the road to best-sellerdom. I’d had no idea that something similar could’ve happened to that successful author.
Did B-S Author have to stop and soothe my soul? No. But the writing community is that way. We all take on the struggles of our sisters and brothers. Our journeys may take us down different paths, but we all face the same pitfalls and help each other past them. Hurray for our community!