Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Perseverance



Hello, my lovely friends. I know it's been a while since I've posted, and for that I'm sorry. I've been riding a creative wave and have been holed up in my writing cave. Ooooh! I made a rhyme, lol!

So, today I'm going to talk about perseverance. I know a lot of authors—both newbie, and some who have been around a while—struggle with staying in the game. And by that I mean, being patient.

The publishing business is tough, ya'll. I'm not going to lie. It's all about hurrying up, writing that book as fast and as best as you can, then waiting. And waiting. And waiting. For those of us with patience problems, all the waiting around can sometimes prove difficult.

The publishing world has changed drastically in the short time I've been involved. What was once taboo is now becoming the norm. Publishing on your own has been made easy thanks to the likes of Amazon and Createspace. Friends that have struggled to land a traditional publishing deal have tested the waters. Some are doing great. Others are still struggling. Some have no interest in going out on their own. They've stuck to their guns and with patience, and perseverance, have landed publishing deals.

Then there are authors like me. Authors who are stalled. Stuck somewhere in the middle between what once was, and what is fast becoming a whole new world in publishing. Authors who have published with smaller e-presses, but haven't really made their mark yet. Authors who are agented, but just can't seem to land a traditional deal. Many, like me, are curious about self-publishing. Have maybe tested the waters with a shorter work, or jumped in with both feet and went for it, but lack the knowledge or support to successfully promote themselves.

What do I say to those like me who are struggling to "make it" in this business? Who see their friends selling thousands of books, landing contracts, and hitting bestseller lists?

Stick with it! Don't give up!

There are days when all I want to do is throw in the towel. Days when I want to ram my head into the wall, toss my laptop into my pool, and run screaming down the street. Rejection sucks. Waiting sucks. Doubting yourself sucks.

I'm reminded of a scene from one of my favorite movies, A League Of Their Own. Tom Hanks is talking to one of his players who tells him she didn't expect things to be so hard. His response has stuck with me for years. He tells her "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great."

Publishing isn't easy…for those seeking the traditional route, or indie. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn't doing it right, lol! No matter the direction you take, you're in for long hours of plotting, drafting, revising, editing, promoting etc. You don't jump into this business for any reason other than you're passionate about writing. You've got a story to tell, and you want to touch others with that story.

Stay on course. Don't get discouraged. Persevere.

Become your very own success story.
 
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