Don't you hate it when you get sick and you feel as if you've been taken out of time and space and dropped back down in the wrong spot? That's how I feel today. Add to that the fact that Julia is up bright and early (BRIGHT AND EARLY), and is running around telling knock, knock jokes.
Anyway, I was thinking about my book and how much of a struggle it has been to try to get it published, how it may never get published. When I started querying a year ago, the book was not ready. Like many new authors I thought it was, and I unfortunately burned through many agents with a bad query letter and a poor manuscript. After many rejections I asked for critique from beta readers. I took their suggestions and tried to strengthen the opening of the book and query letter. More querying. More rejections. I revised the book again—best thing I've ever done—but it still led me to more rejections. I tweaked again, more beta help, more tweaking. More rejection. Finally, I set it aside and except for a few small entries, have pretty much decided to let it go.
So what have I learned from all this? Well, mainly that none of it was in vain. I may have met tons of failure with this book, but it was good for me and taught me so much about the writing process as a whole. It taught me how to take others' advice but still listen to my original vision, because no matter what happens, you should love your book. And I do. I really love my book.
I figure I've come out on top really. Because of all the good things I've learned, and wonderful people I've met, it's not a failure at all and is, instead, a great success. Yes, I'm still sad about the death of the manuscript, but oh well. It's future may go in the route of a small publisher or I might self-publish. That way a few people like me will stumble across it and have a good time and find a little joy. I think that's a fairly positive thing to do and there's no shame in that.
Thanks for being here, take care, and have a great Labor Day!