The odds of winning the mega million lottery this week are 1 in 175 million. I heard I have a better chance of dying from a flesh eating disease than winning the near half billion dollars at stake. Yet so many of us keep trying, right?
I am so glad I didn’t know the odds of getting published, which are rumored to be 1 in 1,000 writers, or the odds of selling more than 2,000 books, which is less than 7%, or to earn an Indie NextPick Notable recognition, which is less than 1%.
But I didn’t know all those statistics before I started in on this adventure as novelist and I’m so thankful I didn’t. I might have been discouraged. Yet so far, I’m beating the odds. And the agents, editors, publishers, distributors, booksellers, and journalists have been amazingly supportive and helpful.
Hopefully all you wonderful writers who are certainly better than me will stay encouraged to keep trying. Ignore the odds. Better yet, beat the odds and keep writing. Typing ‘The End’ must feel very similar to matching the lottery winning numbers.