Warning: This blog involves Tough Love. If you can’t handle it, read no further.
So, where, oh, where did Monday go?? I’ve been working so hard on perfecting my proposal, I forgot it was Monday and to blog! I bet you all have been waiting anxiously for me to post, huh?
Snerk, ok maybe not.
So, here’s what’s on my mind: Why haven’t you pulled the trigger? Why have you failed to launch? What are you waiting for????? Do you think if you wish really hard you’ll sell a book? Or maybe the publishing fairies will flutter in while you’re sleeping and slide that ms off your hard drive and magically deliver it to your dream editor who will wake up shouting with joy that she found her next best selling author?
I mean what is the point of writing, of honing your craft, of joining RWA and a local chapter and yahoo writing loops if you’re just going to talk about it? Companionship? I think this may very well be the key to why many who say they want to sell don’t. They are looking for companionship and if they don’t have something in common then they can’t be part of the group. I get that. So, go ahead and keep working on the same story you’ve been working on for the last ten years. I mean if you’ve rewritten it twelve times, why not thirteen?
No, seriously, I get the companionship part, so consider yourself excused from this blog conversation but feel free to hang out. I’m not targeting you. I’m targeting those of you out there who really do want to sell, and who really work on your story, and not the same one for ten years, but new stories and for some unknown reason fail to pull the trigger and submit.
What are you waiting for? A sign? Here you go:
SUBMIT YOUR WORK! IT’S THE FIRST STEP TO SELLING!
If it’s not a sign you’re waiting for, what are you afraid of? What exactly is it, mentally, emotionally or physically that is keeping you from actually querying an agent or god forbid send in work that has been requested???
I talk to so many women who write but do not submit, hell they won’t even let anyone read their work. Sigh. Fear is paralyzing. But please, work through it. Find a way. Just do it, damn it! Don’t make excuses. And if you keep making them? You need to have a heart-to-heart with yourself and find out if you really are serious about the writing gig. It’s freaking hard work. Once you sell, it’s a whole different ball game. Crazy scary and nerve wracking as hell. But wonderful. Yep, batshit crazy but glorious. I can hear the angels singing now.
Everything I have, I’ve worked for. Everything I have I’ve wanted and was willing to do the work to get it. I know myself well enough that if I don’t achieve a specific goal it’s because I didn’t want it bad enough. And with that realization, I find it hard to justify whining about it. So, I don’t. Well, not too much. I’m not saying anyone here is whining about anything, I was just saying I can’t whine if I’m not willing to put in the work.
So, really think about why you aren’t submitting. Feel free to share here, I promise we won’t pile on. J
Now speaking on another hard at work subject: So the title contest thing last week? You ladies rocked it. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated you help and hubby and Jake’s humor. I sent the list of everyone’s suggestions to my editor, but alas she did not pick one of them. We talked and I really loved one of her suggestions, which for now I’m keeping quiet until I know for sure we’re going to use it. BUT! I’m going to break the prezzies up into three separate ones and pick three numbers from the commenters who suggested titles and announce the winners here Wednesday! Thank you, thank you, thank you again for your help.