On July 25, 2019, I sent my first-ever query for the first book I’d ever written. I was positive it would sign in a heartbeat. Five months later, I received the 22nd rejection on that book and shelved the project. Less than half a year of querying doesn’t seem long—and in the grand scheme of a writing journey it’s merely a blip—but it was more than enough time to learn valuable lessons I needed to advance my writing career.
Katarina Betterton is an aspiring adult fiction author. She's an active member of the Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop and currently works from home as a digital marketing coordinator. When not reading or writing, her hobbies include cooking through her grandmother’s recipes, freelance web design and optimization for small businesses, and crafting.