Dancing a Jig on Cloud Nine
Posted Sat, 10/23/10
I'm still in shock at the moment, and frankly almost too excited for words.
As anyone who submits their own written work knows, the pursuit of a publishing contract is not the easiest of undertakings. Preparing samples, queries and multiple synopses' is a lengthy process, not to mention the work involved in writing and completing a book in the first place. Rejections are numerous, and frequent. The ego can take quite a battering as time marches on, and any sort of personal life is almost out of the question.
Perseverance is a necessary component, no matter how many rejections and critiques come your way. Some days it's not easy to stay positive when the inbox is full of form-letter-declines and short shrifts. Then there is the added negative bonus of "friends" who roll their eyes every time writing is mentioned, in essence relaying the message: "Why doesn't she just give up and get a real life?"
I'm on cloud nine at the moment, but also acutely aware that a publishing contract does not guarantee success. There's still much work to do ahead.