That’s everything you need to know about the process of publishing. Or, to mix metaphors: The football isn’t over there in the end zone. It’s in your own hands. So you’d best start running.
For the longest time I ignored this advice. But then, after my book was rejected again I took some time out to recharge my batteries. I wrote some stuff just for me. Maybe it was good. Maybe it wasn’t. That wasn’t the point. I just wrote some things without worrying about selling them. And it worked. I got a book contract, but, more importantly, I got my voice back.
If you do get published, you will very quickly realize what I’m talking about. There is plenty you won’t have control over–how much they’re going to push your book, for instance, or if anyone actually cares to buy it–but you will always be able to mix and pour the tea.
My advice? Learn all you can about the protocols and process of querying, editing, publishing, but then step away. Go back to the pavillion of your imagination and settle yourself on your knees. Pull your sleeve aside and draw out your whisk. Shut out everything around you and stare into your bowl of lovely, verdant powder. Lose yourself in the moment, make the best tea you can, and when it’s time to serve it, do it with pride.
Or, in other words, line up that football well before you punt it over the goalposts.
Happy New Year everybody!!!!