The publisher of one of my co-writers had pitched the song and was working through the licensing process with the artist. They had neglected to let any of the other publishers know what was going on. A slight problem, but a good problem to have. I thanked the A&R person for letting me know and apologizing for pitching her a song that was already on “hold”. She was very gracious.
The moral of the story is that if you write a LOT of great songs, good things will happen without you even knowing about them. You’ll get a call out of the blue that you got a cut, or that someone is going to single your song. Those are nice surprises. The key is to just keep writing. Don’t focus too much on making things “happen” with your songs. Focus more on write more, better songs. Work at making each song better than the last. Then the good things happen. Of course not automatically and you still have to work for it but if you do so, your chances will be much higher than you can think. Don’t settle for decent ideas. Hold out for great ones. Go big. Those are the keys to writing songs that will get attention. Write great songs. A lot of them. And then write another one. And then another one.