My son forwarded a Huffington Post story featuring the rejections endured by prominent authors. I know that he meant it as a kindness, that everybody struggles in the book business. Still, despite his good intentions, the story brought me down. The business end of publishing always leaves me with a chill.
Writing, though sometimes a struggle, has been an affirming experience for me, delving into a story of risk and adventure. I’ve been in the cockpit in an air race, suffered through butterflies waiting to go on stage in Paris, London, and Buenos Aires. Now that the story is with the editor, I have to face the next battle–getting noticed by a publisher. That arena is about money, markets, and deal-making. And though I understand there are other options for getting River of January out there, those alternative routes are just as mystifying.
For any of us trying to get a manuscript before the public, we have to find some confidence to persevere through this difficult effort. While the book moves its way through the process of finding interest, I need to cope with my uncertainty. I can only fall back on believing in this project, that this story is unique, and powerful, and worthy of attention. Tom Petty had it right–the waiting is the hardest part.