You've heard me preach this before and you already know this to be true, but getting published is a very hard thing to accomplish. Anyone that has submitted a query letter to agents and publishers knows that the rejection letters will pour in. How do you keep a positive attitude through it all?
Being prepared can help. Knowing you will receive rejections will help you cope with them they roll in. Agents and publishers are very busy people. Don't take their rejections personally. Most of the time, they reject authors just because they don't have time to read their material. If any of you have seen their offices have probably seen the mounds of material begging for attention. I had several agents actually take to time to help me and offer advice. By keeping a positive attitude about it, I listened to their advice, plugged along, and learned as I went.
Believing in you is the key to survival in this world. You know how good your story is. You know how long you've worked on it. You've packaged it up with a great big read bow! Believe in it and believe in you. You did it. How many people have started their first novel and never finished it? I was one of those for a long time so I was really proud of what I had done when I finally finished it. You've poured your heart and soul into something you believe in. Others will believe in it too. You will find the right place and time to show it to the world.
You will run into others that are negative energies and will bring you down. If they offer good advice, take it, but don't let their negativity seep through to you. I know how hard it is to not let that happen. When it does, don't dwell on them. Seek out the good things. Reinforce what you've accomplished with yourself. It is some people's lot in life to be negative and it really has nothing to do with you anyway.
Find websites or subscribe to newsletters to help you keep up a positive attitude in your life as well. It's amazing how a holistic view of positive things in every aspect of your life can help you reach any of your goals. Good luck and let me know how it's going!
Most importantly, hang in there. Be positive. Don't ever give up.
Copyright 2009 Lynn Tincher
- The Literary Lynnch Pen
- The Literary Lynnch Pen is a weekly newsletter published by Lynn Tincher. About Lynn: Lynn was born in the small town of La Grange, Kentucky and grew up in Goshen. Lynn studied Theater Arts in College in hopes of becoming a Drama/English teacher. She has written articles in local newspapers and travel brochures. Now, she is focused on writing novels, short stories and poems. The second edition of her book "Afterthoughts" will be released in April of 2009 with the sequel "Left in the Dark" to be released on October of 2009. She also manages Artist Corner, an artist social website dedicated to help all artists become successful. Her eZine and website provides helpful tips and information. Lynn also provides email list management services. She has partnered with Constant Contact to help provide authors, artists, and small businesses the services to manage their email lists and marketing strategies, eZines, electronic newsletters, coupons and bulletins. Please visit: www.lynntincher.com artistcorner.ning.com www.myspace.com/lynntincher lynntincher.blogspot.com
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