The cases of someone gaining instantaneous fame and success are far and few between. If you’re just sitting back on your laurels awaiting for stardom to come knocking on your door, you’re probably going be waiting there a loooong, long time. The “Greats” in any field have likely been knocked down, rejected, laughed at, spit on, etc. before they gained a solid foothold and made a decent name for themselves.
Having a successful career as a writer is no different (and we’ve discussed different forms of success in the past, so I won’t get into that aspect at the moment.) A quick Google search can have you finding how many times your favorite authors were rejected before they had a book picked up and published.
Scrolling through social media will have you seeing book deal announcements and others having self-publishing success. It can be disheartening, but you are not alone and that’s no reason to throw in the metaphoric towel. Many people who don’t write think it’s an easy task. How many of us have had a conversation similar to this?
Them: “Oh! You’re a writer? I could do that…I’ve got this idea that would definitely be the next great American novel, ya know? I could totally do it, if I just had the time.”
You: “Umm, yes well, let me know how that goes for you…”
But as us actual writers know, it’s not an easy task. It takes time and planning, more than a general knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. It take persistence. You have write, re-write, edit, re-read, edit some more. You polish queries and summaries. You have to send out letter after letter, suffering rejection and kind, but still hurtful, suggestions from those who think you have promise but the book is “just not right for them.” Without persistence, the novel would never get finished. Without persistence, the queries would never get sent. Without persistence, the book would never get picked up or self published. Without persistence, no one would have a chance to dive into your wondrous worlds and fall in love with your characters.
It’s a long journey with peril of rejection at every turn. But is it worth it to hold that printed book in your hands? Most definitely. If the first key doesn’t turn the tumblers, be persistent and keep trying until you find the one that will unlock your success. Your work is worth the commitment.
How do you stay persistent in your publishing journey?