I'm a day late (and very late at that) in posting because I was at the TeenBookCon yesterday. It was fabulous. I took my daughter. We fan-girled all day. And took pictures. Totally awesome.
We listened to authors tell us their publishing stories; all the times they've failed and succeeded, even after publishing multiple books. Each one is hard, they said. There's no guarantee, just because you've been published before.
Rejection, or the fear thereof, is one of the hardest things a writer will face. Well, after writing the actual book that is. WHY WON'T THIS THING JUST WRITE ITSELF. :) The fear that someone won't like our work sometimes keeps us from ever sending it out. But you'll never know if someone will like it or not, unless you TRY.
To date I've sent out one query. One. I got a rejection the following day.
I had to laugh. Mostly out of relief because the torture had been quickly. No drawn out agony for weeks and weeks. One day. One look. Nope, not for her. No problem, I said. In fact, I had only sent it out because my husband asked me to. Practically insisted. He could see that I was being held back by fear, and he wanted me to get past that hurdle as quickly as possible. I didn't feel ready. And that the work wasn't ready. But he knew me well enough to know that that feeling would never change. I would always fear that it wasn't ready. I wanted it to be perfect before sending it out. As if. Pfst!
I've learned a few things since that first and only query and soon I'll be ready to do battle again. The book is stronger. I'm stronger. And I know that what I want is to find it the right home. I'm not going to worry about whether or not someone doesn't like it or why. I'm willing to find the right person who will love it as much as I do. It deserves nothing less. I deserve nothing less.
How do you view rejections in the publishing world? What are your worst fears when it comes to publishing?