Guest Post–Elizabeth from Chandara Writes
Keeping a positive attitude
Thanks, Charity, for hosting me!
Here are some tips that have helped me along the road to publication.
Don’t give up! It’s not a suggestion. It’s a rule.
Failure can only be defined by you. Every time you get a passed opportunity (my sister didn’t like the word rejection and I agreed with her) you are one step closer to achieving that publication goal. The only thing you can be sure of is failing when you haven’t tried.
I cringe when I read about someone sending out a query or a submission and they write they expect a rejection. Really? Why send it? I had to struggle with this. You may think it’s safer to think this way. It’s not. It won’t alleviate the sting of rejection when it comes into your inbox. You can’t really shield yourself from it. After about…don’t faint, 150 passed opportunities on numerous manuscripts, I’ve learned the hard way. Instead, hit that send button and celebrate!
Write down the title of your book with you as the author and published by… Psyche yourself out the positive way and savor it. Let that smile spread across your face and the tingling in your fingers know that you ARE going to do this. If/when that passed opportunity comes into your mailbox it’ll still sting, but you were on the verge of greatness for about four weeks and that feels good. Enjoy it. And remember it for the next round.
Surround yourself with positive people. I’m a grouch by nature. Just ask my kids. Being happy is hard work. You want to surround yourself with people that will help you balance yourself. I’ve had awesome supportive writers on my team. I’ve vented, cried and threaten to quit. And that’s okay. Allow yourself time to grieve and move on. You’re emptying that well of negative emotion and starting from scratch again.
And…Learn to let go. I’ve written three manuscripts before The Second Sign and two were hard to let go. I wanted to force them to work. I wanted to fix it, to keep sending them out, but I realized that I didn’t want to change anything. For me, they were perfect. But…I needed to be real. And so, I decorated two boxes with nice wrapping paper. I took my time making sure the boxes were perfect. And then I placed my manuscript, notes, index cards, maps, etc inside, and closed the lid and shelved them. It eased my conscious to know they are in a safe place. Yeah, I’m a total geek.
Elizabeth is the author of the Dark YA Paranormal Romance, The Second Sign which is scheduled to be released February 7, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing.
After Gabby refuses to give her soul to a demon, she’s given twenty-four hours to comply while her friends begin to die. Jake, her almost boyfriend, is the key to her salvation, but a fool with a key is a very dangerous thing.
Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen. She lives in Chicago with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind.
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