Are You Bitter That You Haven’t Published Yet?
Today I want to talk about feeling resentful or feeling bitter when we see others publish. So, most writers want to publish; they want to see their name on a book. That’s their goal– and more importantly they want to get their message out into the world. They believe that they have a story to tell; they believe that they have something important to say, and I believe that you do, too.
I hear a lot of writers say that they’re bitter about seeing others publish; they’re bitter that they haven’t been chosen yet. I just got off the phone with someone who’s been trying to publish for five years, and she’s bitter. She looks at all the stuff that’s coming out, and she sees the novels that are getting published and she thinks, “why is all this terrible stuff getting published?” And I’ve heard other people echo that same sentiment in this group: “why does that get published and I’m not getting published?”
So, I took a look at this woman’s manuscript after our conversation today, and you know, to be honest with all of you, it was filled with these really long, difficult to read, gratuitous descriptions. There were several moments in the novel where there was this overly-academic phrasing that no one was going to understand or want to look like. So what happened for her is that the way that she was looking at the book, the way that she was looking at her work, wasn’t in line with what the publishing industry is looking for.
Here’s the bottom line: at the end of the day, that bitterness, that resentment, that envy or jealousy– those things are not going to serve you; they’re not going to move you forward. If you want to get published, if you’re serious about getting published, then you have to give people what they want. You have to know how to write books that are going to sell.
That doesn’t mean–listen to this part carefully–it doesn’t mean compromising your artistic vision. It doesn’t mean that you need to be a sellout.
What it means is that you need to take your ideas and present them in a way that excites agents, editors, publishers, and readers. Whether you want to traditionally publish or self-publish, if you want to sell books, you’ve got to have appeal. Do you know what the industry standards are? Do you know what’s trending now?
I speak with industry professionals every day, and have my hand on the pulse of the publishing industry. I’d love to talk with you about your manuscript, and how you can move it toward publishable.
Let’s chat. Drop yourself right into my calendar.