Never say die…
You’ve just typed The End on a manuscript that made you laugh and cry and get that heart-so-big-it-could-burst-your-chest feeling in all the right places. Booyah! It’s time to pop the cork on the bubbly ’cause this baby is going to knock an editor’s socks off and make all your readers swoon.
Enjoy that high. Sip your champagne. Maybe even get a manicure to reward those tired typing fingers!
But, also, brace yourself. Because someone is not going to like your masterpiece.
I know, I’m so sorry to harsh your mellow:/
No one wants to imagine the story they’ve worked hard on for weeks or months or even years being turned down. It’s not only harsh. It’s painful. A rejection of something you’ve put your heart and soul into often feels like a rejection of you.
That’s why it’s so important to enjoy the fizz of champagne bubbles in your nose even as you’re keeping your feet firmly and practically planted on the ground.
‘Cause it’s going to happen.
Everyone gets rejected. And, guess what, even after you’ve made your first sale or your second or your third, you’ll still face rejection because *every* story you create has its own individual journey to fruition.
So, I’ve prepared you for the inevitable moment when an editor doesn’t want a manuscript you believe in all the way down to the marrow in your bones. Now, I’m going to prepare you for the moment following that moment. I’m going to give you the secret to success right here, right now. Be ready ’cause it’s going to change your future and rock your world. Four little words that have stood in the way of millions of writers ever seeing their story become a book.
Send it out again.
There are so many sayings that embrace the idea of not giving up. “Never say die”, “try, try again”, “the battle’s not over ’til the last boat is sunk”.
It’s too easy to stay down after we’ve been knocked on our ass. It’s too easy to lose your belief in yourself and in your work and it’s even easier to loose your belief in a story. After all, there’s always another story on the horizon… or Sudoku. I’ve heard it’s relaxing and fun.
Writers who consistantly see their work in print or e-book form don’t stay down.
Oh, sure, we might wallow there on the floor for a little while (especially if someone we love pities us enough to throw us some chocolate), but before too long we get back up again. Who knows what fuels us? It might be different things at different times. Anger, determination, wild-eyed optimism rearing its crazy head. Or it might just be that the story and/or the characters in it won’t let us go. Not ’til we’ve exhausted all options. Not ’til we’ve banged on the inboxes/mailboxes of every publisher/agent/editor in town.
It’s strange that writers, a group of people who felt like they had something to say–so much so–that they spent hours putting it to paper, are also so easily shut down and shut up. But, it’s true. I’ve seen it happen again and again. I’ve been derailed myself a time or two.
When I stopped getting derailed by rejection is when I started getting published.
My hope for every writer brave enough to put their heart on a manuscript page is that they’ll reach a point in their writing life where they’re capable of gettting right back up when they’ve been knocked down by rejection.
Never say die.
~ Brian Tracy
Send it out again.