I’m in the middle of edits on my soon to be released book from Ellora’s Cave, Hot Pursuit and m taking a quick break to show off the cover on this Badurday. Hope to be back soon with some entertaining posts but the deadline comes first!
Dealing with Disappointments as an Author
Every day in real life we are all faced with some sort of disappointment or challenge. In our writing lives this isn’t much different. Sometimes we hit the send button on a query letter thinking this is it, this query will be the one. Only a few days later disappointment fills us. I wish I could say that disappointment ends once you get that contract we all strive to get as writers.
As a reader I never imagined that writers go through so many ups and downs with bottomless pits filled with disappointment. But now, I have to say those damn pits suck!
Once I got my contract for my first novella I wondered if I’d be done dealing with the ups and downs and everything in between. What I’ve found is that the bar of expectations is raised and now disappointments feel harsher.
On a whole I enjoy the writing process but there are times that I wonder what publishers are thinking. Sometimes it feels like you’re a cow being prodded through the chutes to slaughter. Right now everywhere I turn there seems to be a lot of negatives out there about the writing industry. I know for me, that I’m not as happy as I once was with the editing process and having no options at all when it comes to covers. From what I hear through the grapevine I’m not the only writer feeling this way.
Dealing with these feelings is so hard. I want to rant and rave about everything I’ve heard and seen lately but that’s not the thing to do. Even though we are mostly all grownups in the writing industry feelings get hurt easily. Words can be said in the heat of an argument that you can’t take back and then you may be “labeled” for the rest of your writing career.
Whenever I’m feeling disappointed and angry about writing I put those emotions into my characters. Maybe there is something that they are discontented about, maybe they can rant and rave for me. So today while I’m writing I will be releasing pent up frustration and hopefully letting my characters grow.
How do you deal with the disappointments in writing or life?
Ok, so I’m not reopening because I actually want to. Nope, I’m sick and I have a billion things I need to do here at my house. I’m reopening because I got my edits for my urban fantasy that I sold to Siren Publishing. It never fails to amaze me the things that editors catch or want to change. I’m a little scared this time because there are some things that my editor wants to change about “me” and I’m not totally on board yet. I just read through the suggestions and edits which means I’m still digesting.
This brings me to a point that I believe every writer, either beginner or best seller, should remember. No matter how many times you are published it never guarantees a sale with NO EDITS. Well, maybe if your Nora Roberts but I imagine even she gets edits from her editor. But honestly it never gets easier to see a manuscript that you’ve sold and you think the editor loves, come back to you with edits that make your ms look like a Christmas tree. And it also brings up another point, all publishing houses are different.
At one of my publishers(ok so I only have two but still I can say this now ) I’m sent my ms back to fix any grammar errors. Once those are done I am sent plot problems. Once those are finished I’m sent a copy of it in publication form. That copy is one that I go through and make sure everything is exactly like I want it. Then once I send that back I’m done and we just wait for a publication date.
My new publisher sent me all of the above in one document! WOW, seriously different and today I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I had to laugh though as one of the comments that I read so far was that I should use more contractions I think Jillian will get a huge kick out of that one! Besides that there are a lot of little stuff. Stuff that I am going, how the hell did these people read this and actually like it? And I got a comment that has me scratching my head and once the CP is not dizzy sick, Rebecca will be getting a headache from trying to figure it out too.
There you have it, I’m back open today and I’m a little freaked out. But hey, I’m lucky to be published and luckier to have another book on its way to publication so I’ll stop fussing.
And to follow a little of Danica Avet’s blog today I’d like to tell you all that I too am so very grateful of another year in the company of such outstanding writers and even better friends. Thank you to all my southern sizzle ladies, my terrific critique partner, Rebecca Zanetti, who is going to be busy busy this year with her own best-selling books as well as critiquing more of my junk, to all the ladies at Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA who inspire me to try writing in every genre out there in hopes that I can as good as they are, and to Danica Avet for being such a wonderful person who helped me at Nationals when things back home took a bad turn while I was gone and also to my readers who have blessed me with sell after sell and I’m indebted to you all for your kindness. There are so many other people to thank for being there for me but I’ve rambled on and need to stop. Thank you all, and may your upcoming year be better and blessed
And HAPPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JILLIAN CHANTAL!!!
Thanks so much
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Hello everyone! First off let me say I’m disappointed to admit I didn’t know last month was Cowboy Lovin’ month over at The Cozy Page(Amber Leigh Williams blog). Man I wish I would have thought about it because you lovely followers would have loved the posts and all the great authors and characters. So even though today is the beginning of a new month why don’t y’all go check it out. You’ll find many authors and books you will enjoy.
Now let’s get down to business:
Rumors on patience. Many of you know I’m waiting on my edits from my editor(yes, MY editor). I’ve heard people fall into three categories regarding patience.
1. Patience is a Virtue- these fine people can wait without fidgeting, whinning, or even caring that they’re waiting.
2. God Give Me Patience- these fine people are trying really hard not to fidget, whine, or care but are still squirming in their chairs.
3. To Hell With Patience, I Want It NOW- enough said.
So does anyone wanna guess what category I’m in? Tell me how you find patience and keep it.