Note: This is my 500th post here at Writer Unboxed, so it had better be good.
It’s been my pattern of late to struggle with topics to write about here, and landing on a topic for Inside Publishing month was no different. Ultimately, I decided to go with the simplest truth relating to Inside Publishing that I can offer.
I talk with a lot of authors on a regular basis because of my position here at Writer Unboxed. Because of that, I hear things that authors don’t want to or can’t say publicly for fear of negative consequences. I hear about relationships with agents and editors that have turned neglectful or even hostile. I hear about publishing deals that have gone sour, sometimes seemingly overnight. I hear about strong books that became rejected options, and being let go from a house after enjoying what seemed a mutually beneficial relationship. I hear about dropped balls of all shapes and sizes, about the need for sales audits over questionable bookkeeping, about lack of funding to support a beloved release, about print runs that pale in comparison to initial promises. I hear about authors who are reduced to shadows of their former selves because poor sales or dysfunctional relationships or even fears over an uncertain future have made them doubt–their talent, maybe, or their ability to persevere within the business for any number of reasons.
So. My simple truth for anyone who has felt let down by the industry is something I tell author friends from all walks all of the time.
You are not alone.
Everyone is weak sometimes, and everyone doubts occasionally.
These things happen, quite a bit more than you may realize.
Recovery from setbacks happens, too, just as frequently.
Because problems–even publishing problems–are temporary.
And business is rarely personal.
You can get past this.
There are at least a dozen ways around it.
It’s just hard to see those paths when your eyes are glued shut with disappointment.
It’s hard to remember the taste of hope.
But you will.
Here’s what you need to do: