I have spent much of my life working for something and have become completely attached to the result of that ephemeral thing happening. But just as life eludes us often, so life eluded me with this aspect of it.
I remember the first time I dreamed of writing a book. It felt like a pipe dream, until one day I bought a computer with the intention to write. I began with a chapter that I thought was chilling and wonderful. I shared it with a good friend. He was completely critical. I stopped writing for a short while.
I decided to get writing lessons, before I would try writing again. I did so and finished writing my first novel. I took it to a couple editors who tore it apart. It slaughtered my spirit once again. But this time, I had the courage to simply work through the changes and rewrite the book.
Once the book was finished, I began shopping the book for agents and publishers. After fifty or sixty rejection letters, I figured that the book wasn’t good enough. I decided to get more education. I went to writer’s conferences and got rewired for the business. I took a job in PR at a publishing company. I made friends with the editors and landed a job editing books.
After editing forty books, I felt as if I had a handle on the writing process. After trying to do public relations on twenty books, I had a handle on what it took to get a book from press to a reader’s hands.
I began to write my next novel. This time I felt confident that I could get a publisher. I had a very good plan. The novel was good. I found an agent fairly easily. He pitched it to every major publisher in New York. Everyone rejected it. I got a lot of praise for my writing, but no one liked it enough and thought it was marketable enough to publish it—bottom line—it didn’t come from authentic me.
Step three: writing a book that could be a Bestseller. Off to the bookstore again to read everything I could about writing a bestseller. I took another year to write a haunting mystery about a drug ring run by a matriarch and her gay son. Again, I had some great interest, but I didn’t get the big break I expected.
Finally after many daunting rejections, I went to a writer’s conference and read a short story that I wrote in about an hour in one of the classes. That short story led me to my first publishing deal with Bellebooks. There was no trying. It was simply laid before me.
I spent six years laboring over three novels and nothing but rejection letters piled up on my desk. But suddenly, when I least expected it, God finds a simple short story good enough to get a publisher to make me an offer on my first publishing deal.
When I had no attachments to what was happening; when I was prepared for my future but not knocking down doors to get it, when I was following my heart to visit an old friend and accompany her to a writer’s conference, success followed me.
I learned a lot from that long experience. I actually hung up on a literary agent a week ago, because I wasn’t willing to play publishing games and talk bullshit when I know the real story of success. My next book is God’s book.
I don’t doubt with anything in my heart that success is wrought with hard work and diligence and paying strong attention to the market and to your craft. But one thing is always missing when you play the game scientifically. You always forget that only with the hand of God can anything happen.
And if you are walking along a spiritual path, your growth is way more important to Spirit than any publishing deal. So, if you have to lose a deal to get stronger and gain depth of soul, be prepared to learn that lesson first. If you have to learn to give up the dream and work as a servant to someone to gain perspective on success, then you probably will find yourself waiting tables.
Success comes down to one word—God! He/She who waits on the Lord will find peace.
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