Monday, March 17, 2014

Luck of the Irish

by S. L. Duncan

You've heard it all before.

There is no such thing as luck. 

You make your own luck. 

Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold. 

As many sayings as there are clovers in a field in Ireland. In the world of publishing we often don't give enough credit where credit is due when it comes to how lucky we are when we get the agent or land the deal. But if we're being honest, we have to admit that there is a significant portion of success that comes from factors that lay outside our control, no matter how well we write or how hard we work.

Sometimes it comes down to being at the right place and at the right time. It's just a matter of getting lucky. (And isn't it always?)

You've got you're big boy/girl pants on. You know what it takes to get into a lucky situation. Make that query shine like a Real Housewife's ring finger. Have an eight karat manuscript. These things, you know. These things, you're already doing.

And if all your ducks are in a row, you've got nothing left to do but ask yourself, "Do I feel lucky?"

Well do you, punk?* Because at that point it's out of your hands. Is what you started writing a year ago still hot? Or is it about to be hot? Is it marketable? So many factors give weight to tilt the balance for and against your favor.

Just work hard and who knows? Maybe you'll catch a break. Try kissing someone who's Irish. Might help. Happy St. Patrick's Day, all!

*Sorry about that whole 'punk' thing. That was totally rude. Perhaps when we see each other again, I'll buy you a pancake and we'll call it bygones.

S. L. Duncan writes young adult fiction, including his debut, The Revelation of Gabriel Adam, releasing August 12th, 2014 from Medallion Press. You can find him blogging on and on Twitter.


JeffO said...

Never apologize for quoting Dirty Harry. Never.

'Fortune favors the prepared' is another one that applies here. Happy St. Patty's Day!

Jane Jazz said...

Nice post! I like Terry Pratchett's words on luck "Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”

Liza said...

All you can do is your very best!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too!

Jemi Fraser said...

One of my favourite 'luck' quotes is attributed to a variety of people ... "I find the harder I work the luckier I get" :)

cleemckenzie said...

I totally agree there's luck involved in many things. All you have to do is turn a corner at the right time and you'll bump into the love of your life. Turn it a second later and chance all gone.

I'm off to find another Irishman to kiss.