I used to daydream about the day I would see my book in print. I planned the party right down to the menu and my wardrobe. The guest list was a veritable who’s who in the industry…total strangers, but since it was just a daydream, I didn’t care.
The problem was I hadn’t finished a single book at that time. I had started several, but I hadn’t finished even one. I was young…and probably not very disciplined…and I had pie in the sky dreams of book signings, cocktail parties, and hobnobbing with other “famous” writers.
Boy, was I naïve.
These days I have a better understanding of the business side of things—lessons learned in my days as a business banker—and I no longer daydream of parties and book signings.
I will again, I’m sure…someday.
But for now, my dream is to get a reply to a query letter that doesn’t say, “No, thank you.”
As of today, I have received three rejection emails. The rejection is painful for a brief moment...brief only because I have convinced myself they are an expected and necessary bump along my chosen path. Speed bumps designed to keep my head from swelling. Reminders that I need to continue to perfect the writing…even when I am certain I am good at what I do.
I still dream…but now my dreams are attainable…and I think those might just be the best kind.
Until the next time…I’ll be writing…always writing!