While my agent and his wife continue their much-needed vacation, Sandra Bishop (the other agent at MacGregor Literary) jumps on his blog to answer the question, "Is it really possible to set out to write a breakout novel? Don't breakouts just happen because a publisher decides to get behind a book and doggedly promote it until it gets noticed?"
Sandra says: "If you're crazy enough to try, go for it. Seriously. Publishing is a crazy business in which to try and make a living. But if you're willing, and have talent, and the energy to keep after it without losing your marbles, more power to you. Lots of people talk about and work at writing, but never really get down to honing the craft."
Read her entire blog post here.