Well done you have finished writing your manuscript. You have worked through the edits and you are now ready to release it into the world.
For the last year, you have been at the computer every available minute. You have successfully balanced a family, your job and writing. Sleep was the thing you surrendered, but it has all been worth it.
Financially you are struggling. You don’t know where your next meal is coming from. You have done this all as a single parent. You hope you will earn enough for a decent supermarket shop. You don’t dare dream beyond that.
Having studied all the various publishing options you decide on a traditional route. Researching every article you can find on the subject you can now write a decent query letter. The printer is smoking hot from all the printing. You submit to 5 publishers. Not too many, not too few.
Then you wait and concentrate on things you have neglected for a year. Mainly sleep and regular contact with friends. Still, the ones that are worth it will still be about.
One month of mugging the postman for any sign of an acceptance letter. You now have five polite rejection letters. Not to worry it is your first attempt, next time will be better. You edit and improve the query letter and synopsis. You spend more time researching publishers and you send 5 more letters off.
This time you are sure it will be picked up. Above all, you believe in your story and you know it is worth publishing. Another six weeks tick by on the calendar and you now have 10 rejection letters.
You can’t understand it, the story is brilliant. So good you have a series of novels planned. Another five letters are sent back. Two weeks later, two more rejection letters. These come together to inflict double pain. Your heart is breaking, still there are three more query letters out.
Thirteen arrives two weeks later, unlucky 13. You open the envelope with dread in your heart.
At last an acceptance letter. Bloomsbury Publishing has accepted your manuscript. You ring your agent who is excited for you. He then tells you no one ever made much money out of writing children’s books.
This isn’t your story, its that of the billionaire JK Rowling, but it could so easily be yours.
If you believe in your story as JK Rowling did, then pursue publishing as she did. A good story will not die over time someone else will commit to your story. I’m not saying that we will all be billionaires, but don’t give up on your dreams.
A Few Questions I Would Like To Ask
JK Rowling — Was there ever a point during the rejection process you wanted to give up and put the book on the shelf?
Editors — Are you still employed, having rejected the Harry Potter books? Incidentally the publishing house that first rejected Harry Potter was also the first to reject Robert Galbraith. They really didn’t learn from their mistakes.
Publishers — How many times a day do you regret the decision not to publish Harry Potter?
It was like another voice speaking to me and the voice said — the difficult thing is going to get published. If it gets published it will be huge. — JK Rowling
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