Thursday, July 30, 2009

Game On!

Last night was the MLS All-Star game. That's Major League Soccer, in case you weren't sure. It was the MLS All-Stars against Everton (a major team from the UK). The game was played here in Utah at the Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake, so I was privy to the huge crowd that gathered for the sold out game.

I'm not a huge sports junkie or anything, and my husband isn't a huge soccer fan, but he enjoys watching some of the bigger games and as I happened to be in the room, I was along for the ride. So with the game on TV right in front of me, I couldn't help catching bits and pieces of it.

Well, watching these guys running back and forth trying to score got me thinking. It's sort of like this whole working toward getting published process, right?

Game 1: Getting an Agent
Okay, so your book is the soccer ball.
The goal is getting an agent.
All the players on the field? Those would be the agents.

So as soon as you send out those queries, Game's On! Your book floats out there amongst the agents, until one (or more) make a request, so one of them is taking control of the ball. It could be a goal, it could be a pass, you just never know.

And if you are lucky enough to get a goal in that first game (sign with an agent) you just move on into the next game.

Game 2: Getting Published
Your book is still the soccer ball.
The goal is being published.
The players are now the publishing houses you and and your agent submit to.

Still following?

If one of the games ends in a shootout, well that just represents all those revisions that an agent / publisher could ask for. More chances to get the ball into the goal.

In all soccer games everyone loves to hear the shout of GOAL!!!! Especially when it is your team (your book) getting the goal! So get your game faces on! We've got some goals to score!

Oh, and by the way, if you were wondering about the MLS All-Star game: It ended in a tie 1-1, forcing them into a shootout. Final Score: 6-5 Everton. Ah, well, as in everything else in life: You can't win 'em all.


Mandy said...

Great analogy! Getting published really is like soccer. Keep kicking the ball around!

Stephanie Faris said...

That's how I feel lately. I send out the queries, see what gets volleyed back to me, and if it's a request for more, I kick it right back. It's all about keeping as many out there as possible. Well, and WRITING!!!