Please welcome author Lynne Griffin to WU. Lynne’s second novel, Sea Escape, about a woman’s journey to healing her family through old love letters between her parents (and based on Lynne’s real-life family history) releases today. Already the reviews have been resoundingly positive, and Sea Escape has been chosen as an Indie Next List Notable book. We’re so glad she’s here with us today to share her insights into what it takes to make it in the book business. Take it away, Lynne.
The Art of Balance
By Lynne Griffin
You wait for your characters to reveal the heart of their stories to you. You read and reread your novel, begging it to sing so you’ll know you’re done. You wait for an agent to read your manuscript, then an editor to make an offer. Rejection slips come in the forms of radio silence and impersonal no-thank-yous; and while some are dotted with blatant encouragement—just as a kiss is still a kiss, a no is still a no.
The job description for writer should include a line in bold letters: Impatient pessimists need not apply.
Certainly leading up to the publication of my second novel, I’ve had my share of gloomy moments and faithless days, otherwise known as pre-pub jitters, but I’ve got a much stronger handle on how to manage expectations this time around. The trick for me, when it comes to persevering in the face of the obstacles to successful publishing today, is to sprinkle my hopes with a dash of reality and a pinch of practicality.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, the first step is to dream big. If you don’t believe—to your core—that great things are just around the corner, why would you keep on keeping on? Who will have faith in you, if you don’t have faith in yourself? [Read more…]