Giving up is not an option.
One serious annoying item on the list of a writer, is Patience.
A word that is more similar to fingernails on a chalkboard.
“You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for.”
Your story is a journey, writing is a journey, publishing is a journey, marketing... On and on guys, you can do it. Today I want to share a personal experience I hope can inspire you in your journey.
In my journey, patience run short and waiting is long.
“Writers live in the mind, the mind at times, has a mind of it’s own.” DMK
I spent years writing From the Ashes, I spent another year pitching, getting rejected and learning what needed to be done to hone it into a product that could achieve the coveted acceptance letter.
The big thing I had to learn was that I didn’t know what I thought I knew. The book was awesome in my eyes.
My first rejection e-mail:
Thank you for submitting to Whitmore Publishing. We have completed our review of your submission. Unfortunately, the content of your work is not compatible with our current needs. We regret that we will not be able to publish it at this time.
Be advised that all previous emails containing your work will be henceforth removed from our systems, along with any additional correspondence you might have sent. Any author who has submitted more than one work should note that this message relates to any and all works formerly submitted.
Good luck with your future endeavors,
That second paragraph crushed me. If it stopped at the first paragraph it would fit the many others I received after this one.
I was forced to look at it through their eyes. After I did some research I looked at my work and realized it looked like a fifth grader wrote it.
“What ya getting at, Dave.”
“Patience, guys. Writing is a world where we are alone with our mind and emotions. We are not alone in our journey.”
Drop your pride, keep learning, and be yourself. If it was easy everyone would do it.
One day I received this email:
My apologies for taking so long to get to your ms. It's an unusual treatment, but I feel that it works. I'd prefer the ending not to be a cliff-hanger for the next installment, however; other than that, I'm sold on the book and if it is still available I'd like to accept it for Solstice.
Attached is a blank contract and cover-art form. Please complete, sign and return to me.
Editor in Chief
Yes, Happy Day! Made it, everything rolls now, right? No, more patience, editing, waiting and waiting.
Not so - it all continues, we are near the end of edits and I look to 2013 for release. Many moons have passed, many near breakdowns, many opportunities to give up. I didn’t though.
Hope this helps a little.
Thanks for Stopping in @SlantedK