It’s Not What You Know…Posted: August 2, 2010
The old adage is true: “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.”
This is especially true when it comes to getting published. Come on, you knew that already, didn’t you? I mean, look at all the junk that ends up on book shelves. You didn’t think that it just had to do with being a good writer, did you? Lord knows that there are plenty of those.
No, the truth is that sometimes the only difference between you and a published writer is that they know someone. It stinks and seems incredibly unjust, but is it really?
It takes time to make the right relationships, to stick your neck out there and introduce yourself. It takes guts and gusto to withstand rejection after rejection until you make the right connections.
And of course, many of us writers feel uncomfortable with this. We’re hermits, misanthropes, or, at the very least, introverts. We tend not to do well in front of people. Large crowds intimidate us. New relationships frighten us. That’s why we pour ourselves into our writing. (Of course, I’m making some broad generalizations here, but there is truth to some of it, I’m sure.)
In a way, forging the right relationships that land you a publishing deal (even just a few hundred words in a magazine) can be the hardest work you do as a writer.