I have to double-post today, because I just found out the Awesome Sherrie Petersen has LANDED AN AGENT!!
I just posted about Failing the Right Way: knowing that every failure is a step on the road to success. But that’s only true if you don’t give up, which is so easy and tempting to do.
Sherrie didn’t give up.
I’ve been blogger-friends with Sherrie for a while now. Her blog is relentlessly positive, uplifting and supportive of other writers. Then I was lucky enough to meet her at the SCBWI conference in LA over the summer. She’s even more delightful in person! I recently asked her if she would be willing to critique my WiP, and she not only agreed, but turned around one of the best critiques I’ve ever had – the kind of thorough but kind critique that helps you bring out the best in your story. And that’s just the kind of person Sherrie is – bringing out the best in those around her.
But she was discouraged. She had been struggling for so long in this business, getting so close to success, but not quite there. Of course, I encouraged her to keep going, saying she was too close to quit now (and I wasn’t the only one, by far).
When I read this morning that all her hard work, patience, and persistence had paid off – that she had landed an agent! – well, I couldn’t wait to share the news.
Congratulations, Sherrie! You’ve earned every bit of this success!!
And now, I get to say, “I knew her when …”