My Dad and Grandpa were rabid baseball fans. With one TV in the house, you can guess what occupied the 12" screen on a regular basis. In self-defense I learned the game.
The menfolk often regaled anyone who would listen to tales about the Yankee baseball greats. One that stands out in my mind is Herman "Babe" Ruth, a.k.a., The Sultan of Swat and The Bambino.
When Babe came up to the plate, pitchers quaked. They often gave him a base on balls, so they wouldn't have to pitch to him. The opposing team knew Babe would be swinging his mighty bat. Yet, while he hit a lot of homeruns, he also struck out more than most hitters.
As writers, every time we send out a query letter, a proposal, or meet an editor or agent, we're swinging our writing bat. A lot of times we strike out, but sometimes we get a hit. All of us dream of the day when we'll hit that homerun and come home with a book deal.
Babe worked hard, practicing and playing the game. He swung that bat and gave it his best shot. How about you? Are you in the game? Are you giving it your best effort when an opportunity comes your way? You may strike out a lot, but one of these days you may hit the ball out of the park.