I’m a writer. I’ve been a writer for years. I have 4 completed novel length manuscripts, two of which are actually good. Good enough to earn a pile of “good” rejection letters from “major” publishers and “reputable” agents.
The problem with good rejections is that they are still rejections and no matter how many of your published friends tell you these letters mean you are close to getting that elusive contract you still haven’t earned a dime. Or entertained a single person outside your circle of friends and family.
My response to this situation has always been to toss the rejected manuscript in the virtual drawer and start on the next project which will surely be “the one”, the magic thing the publishing professionals are looking for, the manuscript that will earn me that stamp of approval by people who will never buy a single copy of the book.
Time for a new response.
So, in this new year I have decided to dust off those two good stories, give them a little shine and venture into the world of digital self-publishing.
I’ll let you know how it goes and maybe we can all learn some things along the way.