Author Christina Dodd is celebrating her 20th anniversary since getting The Call. Wow! When I look at someone as successful and prolific (42 novels published) as her, it’s easy to think that it will never happen to someone like me. But she’s quick to point out that her journey to publication was long.
Ten years long, in fact! She garnered 25 rejections (not too bad, actually), and in those ten years, she wrote three manuscripts. So just like many of us, she wasn’t spitting out 3-5 books a year yet.
Writing is a study in patience and persistence. If we keep writing, keep learning, and keep querying, I’d like to think the odds are with us. That eventually we’ll get The Call, too.
It supposedly took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to create a viable electric lightbulb. He is purported to have said that he didn’t fail 9,999 times, he merely found 9,999 solutions that didn’t work. For a scientist, failure is just part of the process of eliminating incorrect solutions.
What if he thought #3,455 was the best he could do? That he had nothing left to learn and therefore was a failure? Maybe Joseph Swan would be a famous inventor instead.
What if Christina Dodd had given up after seven years? Or nine? If you thought of the write/submit/rejection loop as a scientific process of learning what does and doesn’t work in your quest to invent a salable manuscript, would it help?
Go out and keep finding ways that don’t work, because one of these days, you’ll find the one that does. And then you will get The Call.