Friday, October 31, 2014
WHAT I USED TO THINK WAS SCARY (HOLLY SCHINDLER)
More than thirteen years into life as a full-time author and four published books later, I don't think submissions are scary at all. Mostly because I've been through the highest highs and lowest lows: seven and a half years of rejection before snagging my first book deal (and a low point four years into it when I nearly chucked it all), then good reviews--even starred reviews--crummy reviews, lovely letters from sincere fans, bulleted-point emails from would-be authors listing my "flaws" as a writer, winning awards, losing awards, signing multiple-book deals, struggling to sell work...
Know what I think's scary now? NOT having a book on submission. Not being up to my eyebrows in revisions. Not exploring new platforms, new genres.
Around the time she passed away, I saw a clip of Joan Rivers holding up a blank calendar. "That's failure," she said. I feel the same way: What makes me a failure as a writer? Not meh reviews, not low numbers, not rejection. What makes me a failure is losing my passion, my drive, waking up in the morning and not having three different WIPs on my mind.
Nah, submissions--they're just not scary at all...