Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Wednesday Discussion: "Are You Published Yet?"
"Have you been published yet?" For "pre-published" writers, this is a question often asked by friends and relatives. After the first six query letters are sent off, new writers think that at least one of those agents, if not all, will be chomping at the bit to sign them on--WRONG!
The road to publication is a long process and for most of us, this probably wasn't realized until after the 20th rejection letter was received!
Sending an average of 50 or more is the norm. That can be pretty depressing, especially when those near and dear keep asking if you've been published. But after a year or more of saying no, they eventually stop.
Well wishers haven't lost hope in our writing, they just don't want to make us feel bad, and whether you know it or not, they're behind the scenes quietly rooting and praying for our success.
When the asking stops and the rejections keep coming, it's important that we don't lose hope in ourselves. Agent Jeff Herman says, "No rejection is fatal until the writer walks away from the battle leaving dreams and goals behind."
So keep improving your God given ability through continuously writing, reading and taking classes. Despite rejection, have the courage to go on. And in closing, have faith that your break will come!
Have you been published yet? If so, how did it feel to say yes for the first time?