Friday, December 23, 2011

Don't Talk To Me About Rejection

I'm sitting here, waiting for a plane to take me to Iowa for Christmas. So this is as good a time as any to get back on the blogging bandwagon. Many of you know that I have finished my first full manuscript and have submitted it to several different publishers for review.

There are many different ways to go about this process, and everyone seems to have their opinion about which one is the 'correct' way. I weighed my options very carefully and agonized over which path would have the least margin for rejection, while not costing me more than I would ever make on the book.

I'll start by saying that I am not doing this to make money. Being able to make a living writing would be a dream come true, but it is most certainly not a given. I'm doing this for the thrill of seeing my stories lining the shelves of the bookstores, on the lists on Amazon and Goodreads, and to join the wonderful and welcoming community that is the Literary World.

I have received wonderful advice already from authors Larissa Ione and Kiersten Fay, who are very gracious about staying connected and interacting with their readers. It is the way I would hope to be, should I ever become successful in this.

When I researched the publishing process, I found many helpful articles and commentary but the majority of the subject matter seemed to be rejection: How to handle your first rejection letter, what to do when you fail, what to do if reviewers hate your book. All along those lines.

It is because of this, that I eventually decided to stay away from that kind of information, and from the 'traditional' process of manuscript submission. I know having my novel published is a long shot. I know that the journey to publication has been arduous and fraught with trials for many people.

I know this just as sure as I know that I never do anything the way I'm supposed to. Who's to say that I won't be successful in my own quirky way of doing things.

So I've decided to ignore all the voices and opinions that tell me what will probably happen, because I want to focus on what could happen.

So don't talk to me about rejection....