There's been a lot of good news for my fellow Blueboarders lately. Anna Staniszewski, a regular commenter on this blog, just learned her book has been sold (do click through the link--doesn't her book sound fantastic??). Mike Jung just signed with an agent (actually, the same agent as Anna's! And I love his blog post as well--it took a lot of determination and several rounds of querying to generate any interest. And then he had four agents fighting over him!) Finally, while it isn't news of the get out the champagne and celebrate variety, Nova Ren Suma wrote a quietly happy post about revision and being in a good place as a writer (with an agent, an editor, and working on an already contracted book): "Years ago, I would have killed to be in this moment. I feel so grateful."
Doesn't it make me sick? Well, no. Not at all, actually. It makes me really happy for them.
Years ago I used to get angry over others' success in the writing world. I used to get upset when I thought my writing was better than some in published books. Now I realize just how difficult the publishing world can be. Not only difficult, but unpredictable. Trends come and go, money comes and (more frequently) goes, people change and lose jobs. To succeed in it you have to be a hard worker and a good writer. And it takes years, which is another thing all of the posts above speak to.
Of course, I'm in a good place at the moment. I won a spot in Undiscovered Voices 2010. I'm currently completing an MA in Writing for Young People. I'm revising a book I really believe in (though ask me how I feel later today in the midst of work and I may tell you differently!). It's the lean, hopeless times, where it's hard to believe anything will come of my work when jealousy and competitiveness can strike. And I imagine it's a whole other ball game when an author is published and others' books are selling better, winning prizes, getting starred reviews...
But I hope to always be able to celebrate friends' success. Congrats, all!