177. Someone is Looking For the Story You're Writing

I'm drained. After the sun spent a few hours whipping me into submission during a school field trip, I'm about ready to pass out. But, since I'm dedicated to the cause, I'm going to stick with my consistency commitment and post a daily blog.

Even though I may be feeling tired, ready to fall out, and have a desire to curl up on the couch with a good read, I do have to document my current inner excitement.

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about my feelings about a Twitter conversation. Literary agents were expressing their opinions about books set in the past (namely the 90s decade). I got the feeling they weren't very fond of those types of books.

Now, the post wasn't a shot at the agents. It was more like a realization to me that everybody won't like, understand, or support your work and that's okay. But today, TODAY, I found some hope. 

After stumbling upon a site called Manuscript Wish List, I saw one literary agent's profile that made me perk up. Whether she ends up liking my manuscript or not (I'm going to pitch her either way), her "wish list" confirmed what I already knew:

There's somebody out there who is waiting to read a story like yours. 

No, everyone won't understand your experience, your story, your point of view. But, there are people waiting in the shadows looking for someone to speak to their feelings, uplift them, or to help them where they are. Don't hold your story inside just because a few people don't understand what you're trying to do. Speak your heart and let the chips fall where they may.

Again, I'm not saying this agent will love what I send. I'll send her my best and continue to work as hard as I can. But, I will admit, when i saw the following profile, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest:

Alas, I thought. There's someone who's actually looking for what I'm trying to put out. A coming-of-age tale set in 1996. What are the odds!

I sincerely hope that I deliver an awesome manuscript that's done to the best of my ability. However, I won't be heartbroken if it's not accepted. Knowing that someone out there is looking for the story I have written and continue to chop up, arrange, and refine is incredibly encouraging. It motivates me even more to continue to put my all into something I believe in. 

This writing journey is amazing. I can't wait to see what it unfolds.