Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A great reminder

I feel very fortunate that I spotted a tweet from the fabulous Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon's Lexicon series, Unspoken, and co-author of Team Human, when she shared some of the amazing advice from the equally fabulous Ally Carter, author of the Gallagher Girl and Heist Society books. 

Sarah shared this portion Ally's letter on her Tumblr page...

And the biggest piece of advice I can give you is this: take a sheet of paper and write down five things that would make you really, really happy in your career.  Then write down five things that would be “best case scenario” things.  And lastly write five “in your wildest dreams” things.

Keep that list.  Remember that list.  Because in this business the finish line is constantly moving.  One day you really just want an agent.  Then it’s a book deal.  Then it’s a bestseller.  Then it’s a movie.  Then it’s a castle next to JK Rowling’s.

In short, appreciate things as they’re happening, remember that once upon a time that thing was a dream of yours and that it’s still a dream for someone.  So be grateful every day.

Read the rest of Ally's amazing and insightful letter to Baby Author Me here 

Seriously, how great is that advice? Especially coming from someone who has seen such success and has an understanding of how things work in the publishing industry. I started my lists last night!

1 comment:

Martha Ramirez said...

I was just going to say this would be a great blog post! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I have my list right here :))

When we get old I expect you to share it with me :)