WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK FOR IT?

WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK FOR IT?

There is a certain mystique to writing a book and a general belief that authors are rich, eat bonbons and wear fluffy, high-heeled, bedroom slippers. Sure, they write books, but how fun is that! What a dream job!

And it is! Writers love bringing characters to life, and telling stories. But no matter how much we love it, putting 40k to 100k (or more) words together in exactly the right order, error free and interspersed with commas, paragraphs and chapter breaks takes a lot of time and work. And if you want to publish, writing the story and producing a perfect manuscript is only half the job.

Next, we must market or publish our babies, these labors of love that we have spent hours perfecting. Contests entries must showcase us at our best. Query letters and proposals must sparkle and shine so they catch the attention of an agent or editor who loves our work as much we do. The reality is, at this stage of an author’s career, most will face rejection. Probably multiple rejections.

One way to avoid rejection from editors and agents is to self-publish. However, self-published authors are not free from rejection, it just comes in in the form of low sales numbers and bad reviews. If you can’t take rejection, perhaps you should examine your goal of publication. Nothing dictates that writing fiction and publishing fiction must go hand-in-hand. For some, writing is its own reward and there is certainly nothing wrong with that..

If you need inspiration to help you overcome rejection, go to: http://www.litrejections.com/best-sellers-initially-rejected/  This is one site among many that discuss the initial rejection of best sellers and classics that have stood the test of time. These authors didn’t take no for an answer and neither should you!

Make goals that are specific to your writing. Where do you want to be this time next year? Five years from now? Identify your goal. Write it down. Be specific.

Terri Rich

Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!

4 thoughts on “WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK FOR IT?

  1. Thanks for the link, Terri. It’s always good to be reminded of the power of perseverance! But DAMN did you have to dash my dreams of someday becoming that fuzzy-slipper-wearing, bonbon-eating millionairess author!

  2. And here I thought just the opposite, that as a group, writers were mostly in the “starving artist” category. And Terri after the “specific goal” part, I think you forgot to add an ice bucket dunking for failure to meet that goal. Brrrrrr.

  3. Yep, totally.

    My goal has gone from “make a living as a writer” to “tell the stories you want to tell,” which is a very different animal. It relieves a whole bunch of pressure from myself!

    But in order for that to “work,” I had to get very, very clear with myself. If I only sell 20 copies of my Promise House stories, is that really okay? Or will I collapse into a sobbing heap every time I check my Amazon ranking and sales reports?

    So far, so good. 🙂

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