Sometimes the writing life throws punches. I’m not even talking about the 1100-plus rejections that I’ve received. For me it’s the smaller disappointments. The lack of control I feel when I’m at the mercy of a publisher. I want my stories out there, so I can’t push as hard as I might want on certain issues. It’s the hope I felt for a manuscript when the publisher let me know who she found for the illustrator. The artist had such potential! Then the publisher said that after seeing the illustrations she realized this manuscript—my manuscript—wasn’t right for her. Ouch!
Or the times I’ve heard, “Yes, we are still interested.” Years later, I still haven’t heard from them. Of course, I moved on. But still.
So for this post, I’m gathering inspiration for the #kidlit community of writers and illustrators to carry on, to help motivate each other to work hard and to stay focused on the prize – touching children’s lives.
It is the quote below that started me thinking about this post and moves me to continue persevering despite the rejection and despite the waiting that comes with the making of books. I found it on the blog of literary agent, John M. Cusick, with Folio Jr.
“… in my experience, the relationship between talent and success is slim. It’s the hard-workers, the grinders, the folks who write a lot, then listen and take criticism and grow, that make it.”
Hang in there, Creatives. I am grateful for this supportive community of writers and illustrators that shares honestly and supports each other with compassion. May we continue to be brave enough to share our art.
Please add any inspirational quotes, thoughts, or sayings in the comment section below to help keep us all going during this holiday season and beyond. And if you’d like a chance to win a copy of my newest book, BEFORE I SLEEP: I SAY THANK YOU, I’m doing a giveaway as part of the amazing SCBWI’s new Book Launch Party program. You will be entered to win by commenting below and/or signing my Guest Book. (Click on the “enter my contest” button for details.)
Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address so you can be contacted. Contest ends January 31st 2016. Three winners will be selected: One for best inspiration left in the comment section below, and two randomly chosen from the SCBWI book launch Guest Book. Thank you Pauline Books and Media for generously donating the giveaway copies.
Yes, sometimes the writing life throws punches, but other times it embraces you with hope and wonder if you hang in there. I just found out, before this post went live, that Nynke Mare Talsma, will be the illustrator for my picture book, Ya Know What? with Clavis Books. The Dutch version will be in their fall 2016 catalog. the English version will be out in a later catalog. I have waited many months for this news. I remind myself over and over again that in the book business, I must trust in the process.
Happy creating! Happy holidays! Wishing you a healthy, happy, and successful 2016!