Sometimes the publishing world gets me down.
I love celebrating the success of my fellow writers. I connect with a lot of writers for that very reason – to learn from each other, support each other on the writing journey, be there to say “yay!” when one of us reaches a milestone. But it also means that I often hear about the “failures.”**
**note these are all real examples, of people I personally know, with the names removed
- Failure to get an agent after sending 100 queries.
- Failure to keep an agent, because they quit, die, or just stop returning emails
- Failure to get a book deal, even after acquiring an agent.
- Failure to get the second book in a planned series published, even after having an agent and major publisher.
- Failure to interest your agent in your next book.
- Failure to publish your book because your publisher just went out of business.
- Failure to get your book on the shelf of Barnes & Noble, in spite of having an agent and a major publisher.
- Failure to get blockbuster reviews and sell lots of books.
With all that failure, like a staggering mountain of doom above me, well, sometimes I lose heart. Fortunately, it doesn’t last very long.
Each of those failures means that you’ve accomplished something along the way.
You wrote a book. You took the bold, brave step of querying. You survived the nail-biting process of procuring a book deal and sending your story out to be judged by the world. You wrote another book.
I guarantee there are thousands of people who want to write, but have never done any of those things.
So if you’ve failed in any of the above ways, CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve done something worth doing. Now don’t let it get you down. Go out and write some more.
Remember: It’s what you love to do.