Persistence and the Ping-Pong Ball - Page 2
So you serve every day, and a few come back to you. Some right away, others when you least expect it.
Example: My book’s publication.
Know your gifts? It is a story that needed to be told. Once started, it’s almost as if it had to be written through me. Time flew.
Improve your skills. I took a writing class. Then another. I wrote, rewrote, hired proofreaders, editors and a consultant.
Partnership. See above. I wasn’t going to get much better with myself as judge and jury. I asked friends and family to read and comment on sample chapters. Psoted some excerpts on my blog.
Persistence. Well, first of all I had to keep reminding myself that this was a story that would help my reader to understand, learn, cope and hope. That kept my motivation high. Then it was step after step, ball after ball. Proposal, queries, literary agent. Rewrite for the agent. Submissions, nice rejections. Agent quits the business. I start over. Rewrite proposal, and queries, learn about self-publication. Yikes. Someone says start blogging. What’s blogging? So I learn. I blog. The blog leads to interest from my current agent. I rewrite again. She takes us on (yay!). A year later – at last – a publisher. Soon – the launch. And then, people may ask me about this “overnight success.”
“Ping-pong balls,” I’ll tell them. Keep serving – and try to aim. At least some of the time.