The Greatest Lesson I Learned:
Okay, so Cory asked me to talk about the biggest lesson I’ve learned over this past year. I wish I could say it was patience. See, there are so many things to be patient about in the publishing industry. You wait on query letters you have out. You wait to hear back. You wait for your cover. Your edits. Everything.
Unfortunately, I’m still waiting, and it’s still one of the hardest things ever. So I haven’t learned all the patience I need. Hopefully, you have, but if not, don’t worry. There’s always something to wait for in publishing. You’ll have your shot to learn this lesson.
Here’s what I learned that I wish everyone would hear and know and tell themselves over and over while they wait: There is no “last” in the publishing industry, because it’s not a race.
I used to suffer through every book release, wondering if June 7 would ever really come. *insert whiny voice* I was last. And it was awful.
Once I realized it wasn’t a race, I stopped dreading every Tuesday. I’ve learned that “last” doesn’t exist. There will always be an industry for good storytelling and stellar stories, either this fall or in December or next summer, or beyond.
So take off those running shorts, and toss the cross-trainers in the trash. Publishing is not a race. Just because someone else “crosses the finish line” before you, doesn’t mean you won’t get there. Just focus on writing the best story you can, and you’ll eventually see your book on the shelves.