It was around this time last year when I first submitted my Manuscript to a local publisher. I really did not know what to expect then. I was nervous… I was clueless… and I had no idea whether I was doing the right thing or not. All I knew was that I wanted something to happen.
I wanted to publish a book. My book. A story that I created with characters that I breathed life into. A work that I can call my own, a legacy that I can leave behind.
I did not hear from that publication house. Ever. If not for the notice of receipt of the package that I got from the courier, I wouldn’t have known whether they actually received the manuscript. Up until today, I have absolutely no idea whether the editors from the said publication house have actually read the story.
I never heard from them.
I remember waiting a couple of weeks. I told myself that they probably had tons of manuscripts to go over. I let a month pass. I rationalized that it was Christmas time and surely, everybody’s busy with a lot of things.
How long does one have to wait before she comes to terms with rejection?
Come end of December, I was fidgety. I remember having to deal with all sorts of emotions that normally go with rejection.
I was sad, of course. I saw the realization of my dream slipping away. I was embarrassed, I was losing my self-confidence. Was I too bold to send out the manuscript to people I didn’t know and who didn’t know me? I felt fearful and insecure. Maybe they thought my writing wasn’t good enough? Or maybe my writing was really bad??!
I could have wallowed in self-pity. That was the easiest thing to do. Give up and wallow in self-pity and believe that this was pointless because I was just not good enough.
And maybe lock myself in my room for a month and stay depressed. Woe is me!
But I took the other road. I came up with a Plan B. With the prodding of my best cousins, I explored my Plan B… and Plan B worked. I met wonderful people who helped me every step of the way… And the rest is history. My book eventually got published.
I have blogged about this journey several times and if you follow my blogs, you already know the story. The point I am getting at now is that going after a goal, a dream, is not always easy.
Things don’t always happen the way you want them to.
A lot of times you have to work harder than you thought you should. Most of the time you will get to face rejection… You may even get rejected multiple times. And who likes being rejected? It just makes you feel so small. So unworthy.
Giving up was easier. It takes more strength, requires more courage to try again, to explore other options. Oftentimes, it is very difficult to ignore the demons whispering in your head that you simply are not good enough. Sadly, it is much easier to believe those whispers when you don’t get the affirmation that you hoped for.
But rejection is not the end of the world. In fact, it could very well be an opening to something else… something better, something that is truly right for you.
So, pick yourself up. Dust yourself if you must. Bruised ego and all, carry on with head held high. You will get there somehow.
That is, if you don’t stop trying.
My Book’s Journey (So Far) in Pictures
The very first print out of the whole manuscript…
I took a selfie to document that moment… Right before sending it out to a publishing company.
Denied. Rejected… Ignored?!
But then like I said, I did not let the dream end there. I went after Plan B.
And so all these eventually happened…
From the first print… To the first proof… To the first real book with bar code.
It’s finally out!!
So this followed…
Book launch at SMX last September.
And now, these…
From LA to Las Vegas to Japan… and very soon in Ohio.
Friends and family are feeling the love. ❤
Remember how I document everything with a selfie??
Last week, I posted this…
Because that day, I was deliriously happy after receiving truly wonderful news.
Soon. And I mean, very, very soon… Do watch out for this…
Perfect Christmas gift, y’all!
Coming out in December at Fully Booked.
And it all started with a rejection... 🙂
Twenty Years in Between… The Love Story of Lizzie and Joseph. ❤ Now available at Central Books. Coming out this December at Fully Booked! Soon at select National Bookstore and Power Books branches.
Fall in love with Lizzie and Joseph… this is their love story ❤
photos are all mine!!