But "authors I've talked to about it" isn't a very large sample, and I figure those aspiring authors in need of hope are more likely to listen to evidence that's a little more solid. So! My current project is to provide that evidence.
Have you sold a book-length work of fiction at some point during your life? (We're sticking to fiction because I know nonfiction is in many ways a totally different creature.) Doesn't matter the genre or age group you wrote for--kids, teens, adults--it's all good.
If you have, please fill out this quick poll for me.
Even if you did have connections that helped you sell your book, I still want to hear from you! It's only representative if it includes everyone. Who knows, I could be proven wrong and find out that it isn't such a myth after all.
And, because the more data we get the stronger the evidence, I would be grateful if you'd pass word about this poll along to other writers.
I'll keep it open for at least a week and then post the findings.
Thanks in advance!