The truth is, to make it as an author, you have to be a little bit mad. Statistics are against you. Time is against you. There are times when it seems as if the market is against you. Yet, against all odds, you have to believe in yourself and the story you want to tell.
But I’m not just talking about needing to embrace the insane, optimistic never-say-die heart that beats “you can do it” in your chest. I’m actually talking about being angry.
It took the most frustrating personal rejection of my life to get me published. Everything the editor didn’t like about my story was intentional…”the hero and heroine have an antagonistic relationship”…um…vampire vs. vampire killer???? “the villain is too appealing to the heroine”…um…Hell, yeah!!!!
That rejection made me angry, but it also proved that I could write the story I meant to write.
I had intended everything I’d been dinged for. Huzzah! (It also proved I hadn’t done a good job of targeting my manuscript to the right publisher:D)
That rejection gave birth to my first published story. And, yes, I was a little bit crazy and a little bit angry when I wrote it.
As authors we have to find the balance between angry and “crazy like a fox”. We have to let rejections fuel our fire and we also have to allow our Hatter to come out and play. We have to learn from our mistakes while at the same time refusing to be downtrodden. We have to write the story we want to tell and then find a publisher who believes in it almost as much as we do:)
And we won’t always succeed.
That mad balance is as illusive as it is glorious. There are plenty of times even published authors teeter on the highwire of their careers, but we learn to keep moving forward because with the next step or the next we will regain our equilibrium. With the Hatter on one shoulder and our kick ass muse on the other, we boldly defy gravity (and the odds!) to bring our stories to life.
Barbara believes in finding any excuse to use pictures of Johnny Depp as inspiration. She also has two releases this month:
The second Raveneaux vampire romance, UNFORGIVEN, is available from www.liquidsilverbooks.com It tells the story of the villain her heroine found “too appealing” in the first book!
And, today, Barbara’s first western historical romance releases. TEMPTING TUCKER features a gunslinger to die for … http://www.thewildrosepress.com/tempting-tucker-p-3930.html?zenid=f64e76b6e347e7163920912ac17d4b44
Alice: This is impossible.
The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is.