Elana Johnson is a fellow Bookanista. She’s thoughtful and funny and one helluva dancer. And when I got my first book deal earlier this year, she generously offered me a lot of advice. She did this at a time when I didn’t even know what questions to ask, and I’m so in her debt. All I can do is pay it forward to the next clueless author getting a deal – and I know Elana would appreciate that. That’s the kind of person she is.  Her debut novel POSSESSION is out in stores now so go get it! Read on to see what lesson Elana has learned in the last year, and don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

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.

Go buy your copy of POSSESSION now!
Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter my contest to win a $20 Amazon gift card. More info here.
And be sure to check back on Monday to see what lesson Myra McEntire has learned!