Does it ever get easier? I can’t speak for all writers, only for myself, but the answer to that question is “No.” I’ve had 27 books published (a small number compared to many writers), but I still have to submit query letters and synopses, and I still have to wait… and wait… and wait for responses. Sometimes those responses never come. Many agents note in their submission guidelines that no answer in two weeks is a no.
When I was new to writing/publishing I thought all I needed to do was get one book published and the rest would be easy. For some writers this is true, that is as long as their books sell well and bring in the big bucks. But many a “mid-list” writer has discovered it’s easy only for a while (while their numbers are good) and then they’re dropped and once again looking for a publisher.
Even writing the book hasn’t become easier for me. Oh, I’ve had a couple stories that seemed to write themselves, but usually I start out strong and about midway into the story say, “Why did I ever consider myself a writer? This sucks,” or “Where do I go from here?” My only consolation is I understand many writers (even some of the big name authors) have had similar thoughts.
With some writers once is enough. Take, for instance, Margaret Mitchell or Harper Lee. I don’t know if they simply didn’t think they could top their classic best sellers or if that was the only story they wanted to write, but I do know some writers who do well with their first book fear they’ll never top that success and freeze up.
So, no, it doesn’t get easier, but if you’re like me the story ideas keep coming and the imaginary characters keep talking, and the only relief is to write down the words. And what is easier nowadays is writers are not limited in how a book is published. Smaller publishing houses are willing to take a chance on stories that may not look like blockbusters; agents aren’t the only way to get through to a publisher; and E-books have put the reader in charge of what will or will not sell.
Don’t expect it to get easier, but don’t let that stop you. Write, edit, submit, and promote. The journey is worth it.