My very first novel was published in 2015. It was the start of, I think, a passion project that I’d surely treasure forever.
I still remember how I stare on the acceptance e-mail of my first publisher. At first, it’s hard for me to believe that my book has been accepted for publishing! I keep on rolling on my bed, shouting and jumping of joy. It is definitely an answered prayer! We produce the book in less than three months. Now, it is still sold in the market.
Motivation and Passion
With this experience, I keep on sending manuscripts to some publishers. It is definitely a job well done whenever I receive acceptance letter. But then, there are times that I receive more rejection letters than acceptance. As a traditional writer, this becomes a daily reality.
In the span of two years, I am able to write stories of different genres. From romance to spiritual, and now to self-help, my books have surely developed (in my opinion). I have moved on from the typical romance stories. I try to venture on new genres, like a novel about a traveler and the like. I keep on learning new strategies and techniques in narrative writing. I never get tired of doing personal research on how things are made. It is surely a looooong and tiring process, and luckily, I never stop.
It’s the passion that keeps me going.
It might be cheesy to write this way, but, this is true. When you do something that you really want, rejections do not count at all.
The Realities that Only Writers Understand
Writers, most of all, are used to rejections. Writers, most of all, assume more rejections than acceptance. If they receive acceptance letter, it is just a bonus. However, as a writer, I have been used to reading rejection letters which could be published to a compilation / anthology of rejection letters.
For a writer like me, the best acceptance letter is the fulfillment of having a novel finished. From its internals to externals, finishing a novel is definitely a form of acceptance letter. Sometimes, our novels get accepted. Lucky are we if we receive ACCEPTANCE LETTER. Sometimes, acceptance is not in a form of letter, but a reality for us, that we must accept the things that which are not for us.
Accepting the fact that everything happens at the right time pacifies our frustrations.
HOWEVER. BEING IGNORED is a different thing.
An acceptance letter is just the start of satisfying your publisher. It’s good, of course, but there are times that you are becoming their employees. You need to cooperate. You need to deal with their needs. You have to provide the details.
It depends on them when will the release the book. The final say about the cover depends on them. They dictate what the ending should be. They tell you what is the best for your manuscript.
It is helpful, but there are times that no matter how compliant are you, everything depends on them. Like no matter how fast you work, you’ll end up waiting for them at the end.
Writing is indeed like waffles and cups of coffee.