Proud to Be a Sidekick
Giveaway below from Casey and Natalie- two winners will receive a copy of GILDED
When I joined this community six years ago, I thought writing and publishing novels was my dream. I identified with strong characters like Jae Hwa who fought their demons (or demi-gods rather!) with gumption and who triumphed despite great odds.
But somewhere along the way, I began to realize that I wasn’t cut out to be a main character in the greater story of publishing, that I was much happier as a sidekick. So, to use a Gilded-like metaphor, I lay down my bow and focused on filling the quivers of other writers. Because if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that the world needs more great books.
Wherever you turn in publishing, you’ll find someone saying “don’t quit,” and I don’t think you should if writing novels is truly your passion, or if you’re on the brink and simply despairing at the odds. But if this pursuit is making you miserable or you’re coming to realize there’s another dream in your heart, I want to tell you it’s okay.
It’s okay to quit.
It doesn’t make you less of a person, or without forethought or purpose. You can go back to being “just” a reader and help an industry you care about thrive. Sometimes it’s the sidekick who saves the day, and by supporting writers and their books, I know I’m playing a crucial role in the good fight, and that someday I’ll star in my own story.
Until I do, I’m proud to be a sidekick.
Casey McCormick is a literary agent intern, blogger, wife, and mom (x2).
A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and founding
member of WriteOnCon, she’s honored to be part of the extraordinary kidlit
community. Casey started the popular Agent Spotlight series in March of 2009
following the creation of Literary Rambles in 2008.