Now For A Short Break. . . And a Few Words on Submission Nerves

We’ll get back to the story structure blogs later this week.

Today I am a BALL OF NERVES.

You would think that once you’re published, have a book(s) in your hands and on the shelves, the nerves would disappear, right? They don’t. At least not for me.

I got an email from my agent today letting me know that one of my novels just went on submission to a major publisher.

Cue nerves.

I LOVE that I still get nervous. It tells me that I still REALLY care. Writing, like any other skill, is something that improves with practice. I am a better writer than I was last year. I’m a much better writer than I was five years ago. I believe in my books. I’m an unapologetic perfectionist so I won’t send a book to my agent or a publisher unless I think it’s as good as I can make it. However, every reader sees every story in a different way. What is a good story to me might not be to an acquiring editor.

Translation:  The major publisher may HATE my book baby.

I hope not. I hope they LOVE it. But as a professional writer, I have to be prepared for both outcomes.

What happens if they don’t like it? I’ll get a rejection letter. Just like the ones I got before I was published. It will hurt just as much. But just like before, I’ll dust myself off and go on to the next story, the next revision.

You cannot be successful in this gig without a few rejection scars. Rejection is just a part of the way it works. Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran, rejection still happens. A lot.

But that’s okay, too. Why? Because I plan on being a better writer a year from now than I am today. I’ll get another at bat somewhere down the road and if I keep getting better and better and better, and I learn something from every rejection, I’m winning.

Totally winning.

A life in publishing is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don’t let rejection stop you. Use it as a spring board into better writing and better submission packages. Hang in there. It will pay off for you.

Wish me luck! I’ll keep y’all posted.


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