Despite the inspiring conversation we’ve had over the past 2 weeks in response to the last post on inspiration (thanks to everyone who participated in the conversation) I’m feeling a bit down this week.
I just rec’d my first rejection from a publisher. I was so very lucky with the proposal for “Before You Say Yes …” in that the first publisher I approached wanted it. The process was quick and painless. The concept was born (in my head) in March, 2009. The book was written the end of June/09. Editing process completed by September and book published by February and released in March, 2010.
I am experiencing a very different process with Chocolatour. I have been researching this book since the fall of 2009 and have been massaging and polishing the proposal since November/09. Granted, that was far too early, as the proposal has gone through several evolutions since then and my research is ongoing. But I feel that I am in a pregnancy that has gone past term and the baby is ready to be born!
My sincere thanks to publishing professionals, Katharine Sands and Erin Reel, who have generously given me their input and shared their ex
pertise out of friendship and mutual respect. With their help, the proposal for Chocolatour has evolved into what I had hoped was an irresistible work of art.
But in today’s publishing world, economics prevail over the mastery of art. I was ever-so-nicely told by the publisher I approached that although they like my idea and welcome future proposals from me, they must pass on Chocolatour as in today’s economy, every title is chosen very carefully and must fill a hole in their proposed lineup for the year.
This unexpected and unwelcome setback has sent me back to the drawing board. I must regroup, rethink and carefully strategize my next move. I know that I have a winning proposal. I believe in the project. I am encouraged by the words of others. But I am ready to rock the world with a book that is sure to find its way into the hands of every chocolate-loving woman on this planet.
This all got me thinking about how others deal with setbacks. They must have more patience than me!
How about you? How do you keep the faith in what you are doing when faced with a setback? Seems to me I should have written this post before the one on inspiration. I’ll have to go back and read all your comments. But all kidding aside, I long to hear your thoughts about how you have dealt with or are dealing with what feels like a significant setback in your work, your goals or your dreams.