Last month, I asked for questions, and I got a couple of excellent ones from Jeri Hoag. One of them was about how to keep positive in the face of rejections that often come when you start submitting a book for publication.
It isnâ€™t easy, but it is necessary. Keep in mind that, no matter what stage of writing youâ€™re in, there are always negative things that can occur. Published or not, you can receive rejections on your submission, by editors and agents. If you already have a relationship with them, theyâ€™re sometimes kinder in how they reject your work, but a rejection is still a rejection.
Once youâ€™re published, though, you have a track record that follows you. I wonâ€™t lie. It helps. But remember that when youâ€™re published your work is out there for more than a few people to look at. Youâ€™ll get reviews. Some are positive, which is always a kick.
But some will be negative. Sometimes very negative. Sometimes very negative and posted on Amazon and other sites from which you hope people will want to buy your books. That kind of review, one that can discourage people from trying your work, is always a real kick in the gut.
Thanks so much Linda for answering my questions. It gave me a way to stay positive. Wish my luck!
Thanks, Debra! We're in a career full of pitfalls, but there are a lot of rewards, too. One of the things I love about RWA and OCC is that we can all share our experiences, no matter what level we are.
What a great post, Linda! I remember thinking before I was published that once I GOT published, the hard part was over. I would be home free. But that isn't so. A published author still has problems, sometimes the same ones as before she was published!
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