If you are going to go, go big and aim for that celestial orb in the sky.
I have to say, this whole getting published thing has been quite an experience. Don’t get me wrong. It’s one of the most awesome things to ever happen to me and I thank God for the blessing, but wow! No one told me all that went into getting published. The road has not been an easy one. I will tell you, many days, I was ready to quit.
Just power down the laptop, shut it and never type another word. Luckily, I had friends and family (you know who you are) that wouldn’t allow me to give up.
But seriously, when I first started pursuing publication almost eight years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I honestly still don’t, but I’ve learned a lot. The really sad thing is I could take class after class, read article after article, book after book and never know enough about the literary world. The thing you have to remember is stay true to yourself and your writing. Your story is just that. It’s your story. And it’s all subjective. One person will love it and the next will think it’s the worst story they’ve ever read. And to be quite frank, I think that’s the best thing about writing. It’s all subjective.
However, I will admit for the longest time, I hated that word. Subjective. With every rejection letter I received (and I got a lot of them), they always came with a line that read “your writing is great, but this just isn’t something I’m passionate about.” Of course, that’s the last thing I wanted to hear at the time, but looking back on it, I’m really thankful to those who rejected me. I know, you think I’ve lost my marbles, but I haven’t. I’m thankful for those people who rejected me because they gave me the opportunity to keep seeking for those who were passionate about my writing. My publisher (5 Prince Publishing) gave me a chance and they believe in my work. And that means a lot.
Now, I’m not some great sage that can sit here and tell you everything to do to get published. As my mama says “everyone’s got their own row to hoe.” My journey, won’t be the same as your journey as a writer. Some will write for years before finally getting their work published. Others may not take as long. I guess the point I’m trying to make is don’t quit. Even when you’ve gotten rejection number 18 and you just don’t feel like doing one more query letter or trying to come up with the most profound first line you could ever think of. Keep at it. If it’s your dream to become a published author, then by all means stay in pursuit of it.
You never know, you may just reach the moon and grab a couple of stars on your way!