In publishing it is really easy to lose heart, especially if you are impatient. The process, especially for traditional publishing, just take so … dang … long …
I am now one year shy of my fiftieth birthday, and some days I get angry when I think about how long this whole process takes. I did not expect to still be querying the same book now that I was nine years ago.
But I have learned a lot in those nine years, not only as a writer but as an editor. And the more often I attend writers conferences, the more I realize that I am just Whiney McWhinerson for even complaining about this. Almost every time I attend a conference, I meet someone who waited until retirement to even begin trying to publish. I’ve met a few people who waited that long to even begin writing.
I currently have a client who is retired and working on her first novel. She feels as if she is running out of time to get it published. As is the case for most of us, the more she studies, the more she realizes how much she doesn’t know.
If it’s daunting for me pushing fifty, how much more daunting is it for someone approaching seventy?
On the other end of the scale are moms with small children, for whom grabbing fifteen minutes to write feels like stealing from their kids. And there were certainly times in my life when writing had to go on the back burner. But it was never entirely off. I was always stirring the pot.
I’m glad I didn’t wait. I’m glad I’ve come as far as I have, though the journey has been far longer than I ever anticipated. There were days when all I could do was take a single step. There were times I felt as if I had made huge leaps, and times I had terrible setbacks.
But I kept moving forward, and that is what has made the difference.
Whatever stage you’re at in your writing journey, whether you’re writing a book, or thinking about submitting, or thinking about publishing, move forward.