Friday, August 19, 2011

What keeps you going?

I'm not sure if it's the time of year or what, but I've seen a lot of posts about not giving up as a writer.

Either it's the fact that there's been no word from editors/publishers, that the contracts being offered stink because of the state of the industry, or perhaps a slew of rejects were sent out and the writer is feeling the pain. Pk Hrezo had a great post about not giving up, featuring the movie Soul Surfer and it's true story about Bethany Hamilton.

As our agency has been told by our wonderful and fearless leader, Christine Witthohn, summer is a time where editors and publishers have shortened hours and take more vacations. That gives an explanation about why it's taking so long to hear back on submissions. Sort of. The economy is horrible, and editors are either leaving or being let go.

But what about if you've been out on submission and FINALLY hear back - but it's a no?

Even though publishers and book seller see books as business, that's not how writers see them as. Books are our babies and rejection of our little ones hurts us. We feel it's a reflection of us as a person - just as most parents feel the bad behavior of their children is a reflection of them as parents and people.

I wonder if it would be better for writers if their unpublished, on-submission manuscripts could be seen as business tools. Maybe if we looked at it that way, the slowness of the industry or the rejections wouldn't hurt so badly.

Maybe I'm living in a dream world.

What do you think? How do you keep going?