I follow a lot of industry professionals on Twitter- authors, literary agents, editors, and other folks connected with the publishing industry, particularly in the kidlit sector. An agent that I've been following recently tweeted that she's been getting queries about characters in YA [doing exactly what the MC in my YA story is doing]. She wrote that this isn't her thing.
As I read that tweet, my cheeks pinkened (a new word I made up). I wanted to crawl under my sheets with a giant spoon, a carton of cookies and cream ice-cream, and mumble-sing "I Dreamed a Dream" over and over again.
I will not wonder if other agents and editors feel the same way as this agent. (Repeat that ten times to myself.)
I know I sound quite naive, but I'd also thought that my story idea was so original. So original that other writers can't possibly be querying about this because that would mean my story isn't that original. How often do writers think that about their story gems? Yeah, I know.
Hope is a fragile, delicate bird, the kind with the flimsiest looking wings. But in my journey as a writer, its reassuring presence keeps me going. So my bird Hope will be perched on my shoulder while I finish the rest of my WIP.
Have you ever encountered an industry professional who said your story wasn't what they were looking for? How about realizing your "original" idea isn't so original?
How does Hope look like to you?