In some ways trying to get published is like fishing. It needn’t be terribly expensive, but along with the basic equipment to start, you should also possess patience and a desire to do it. You have to make time for it, and you might want to get some friends in on the hobby to swap stories with.
When you fish, as well as when you write, you have to cast out a line and wait. Sometimes you don’t catch anything, so you send out the line again. Maybe you try casting multiple lines at the same time.
If you still don’t get anything, perhaps it’s time to try a different spot, like testing your skills in a new genre, or perhaps you’re using the wrong bait, such as submitting a story that doesn’t quite fit the publisher you sent it to.
But writing, unlike fishing, is always catch and release. Reeling in a contract isn’t like landing the big one for you to keep. Rather, it’s more like a tag that these words are yours, and now a team has come alongside you to share your writing with a world that’s as vast as the sea.
Writing isn’t about seeing a glossy cover with your name on the front, appearing on store shelves like a prize fish mounted on a wall. Release your words and watch them find homes in hearts and imaginations. And when you’re ready for another adventure, take up your equipment, walk out onto the beach, and cast your line again.