What’s Your Dream for 2018?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I was talking with an author about the conversations I have with writers and all the emails I send, trying to be encouraging while letting them know their project is not right for our agency, or their writing isn’t quite ready yet. I was explaining that I don’t enjoy being the bearer of so much bad news, and I said,

“I’m not in the business of killing people’s dreams.”

And she said,

“Yes, you are.”

Aarrgghh. That’s not what agents are about. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about the exact opposite—helping people’s dreams come true. Trying to bring quality books to the world, be a small part in the big process of sharing ideas through the written word. Helping authors get their books to the right publishers, and helping them make good decisions about their careers and their ministries.

But unfortunately, many people’s only contact with me is when they send me their project and I send them back a rejection. To them, I’m just one more threat to their dream. It’s tough out there.

Listen—don’t let me, or any other agent, editor or publisher, kill your dream. Only YOU can decide if it’s ever time to set aside a particular dream and follow a new one.

Be strong, be brave. You can do this.

Do you have a particular dream for 2018?

Happy New Year!

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Got a Complaint About Publishing?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Over the years I’ve heard people complain about publishing, comparing it to other industries and saying, “In no other business…” followed by whatever their grievance is. Usually the statement is untrue because other businesses have the …

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