I recently received an email from a writer who had queried me in 2015. The email was to inform me they were self-publishing, and I'd missed my chance.
To hang on to the sting of rejection for five years, let alone now take the time to email me about it now, indicates a tenacity I wish was put to better use.
And what Righteous Writer doesn't know is that this kind of email means I dodged a bullet, not missed a chance.
Here's why: the writers I want to work with get better with each book. Ask most working writers about something they wrote five years ago, and before you even stop speaking, they've got a red pen in each hand, and a fourth behind the ear to mark up what they want to fix and improve.
My own limited experience here on the blog bears this out. When people link to an old post of mine on Twitter, I'm glad for the shout out, but I'm even happier to get a chance to go back and fix some things I didn't notice at the time.
Does your experience support this?
Are you a better writer now than you were five years ago?
Did I dodge a bullet or miss a chance with you?