You’ve queried for months, maybe for years…
You’ve had full requests, partial requests…
You’ve received encouraging emails…
“I loved your work, but it’s not a good fit at this time.”
“I’ll consider your work if you revise this, this, and this.”
So you revise.
“No, thanks, you didn’t nail it for what I need.”
So you query some more.You were upbeat at first, and now you’re kind of pissed off. This whole “keep a good attitude” thing is getting on your nerves.Your beta readers love your work. One of them might even be a published author and really knows what he’s talking about. Why on earth isn’t anybody picking up your book? Maybe you’re on submission. Maybe you’re just looking for an agent. Maybe you’re trying small publishers. Whatever you’re doing, nothing is happening except rejection.
What I Learned This Weekend
I was talking to someone in the publishing industry this weekend – someone who has to reject manuscripts on a regular basis, and although I know the publishing industry is subjective, I didn’t realize it from this angle. Sometimes they LOVE YOUR BOOK. But sometimes they see it will take too much work to fix a certain aspect of the story for the crazy publishing timeline they are smashed into, or sometimes it’s too similar to something else out there, or sometimes they just accepted something similar, or sometimes they know it’s a story that simply will not sell in the market for next year, or sometimes…
You get the idea.
SUBJECTIVE does not concern only the likability or quality of your manuscript. Subjective means timing. Subjective means about a billion other factors. And guess what? Most agents and publishers and editors do not have time to handhold authors and tell them that although their book was freaking awesome, they can’t take it because of this and this and this and this. And it’s not only a matter of time – it’s a matter of business. They send out a form letter and all YOU see is, “NO.”
My point here today is that every no does not always mean your book sucks. It’s like trying to read someone’s mind – impossible. You don’t know the factors that went into that “No.” Publishing is a business. When you start to see things from this perspective more and more things fall into place, including your own writing.