Karly, one of the founding Authors of DarkSide Publishing writes a powerful post about a simple and yes teeny tiny word.
For being such a teeny tiny word, NO can be a very powerful one. This applies not only to writers, but also to many aspects of life. For a lot of people, NO is an end point. Once they’ve been told NO, dreams are shattered and paths can be ended. In the publishing world, most of us have been told NO numerous times, more than we can count sometimes. We’ve been told no by agents and editors for the most part, and hey, we can even count those critique partners, although their NOs are meant to help us.
What is important is that we look at NO not as an endpoint. Consider it a challenge. If you get a string of NO’s on a manuscript from agencies, analyze them. If they were straight up form letters, maybe your query needs some work, maybe your manuscript could use another edit or a fresh set of eyes.
If your NO’s are more detailed and they give you reasons why they turned it down, consider any changes they suggest, or see if multiple responses mention similar factors. Then you know you might have a problem.
And finally, if they keep saying NO because it doesn’t fit their list, or they love it but can’t see how they could sell it, then maybe it’s time to explore other options. We’re lucky at this time in the publishing world to have endless opportunities. That may be the book you e-publish.
It’s definitely the right time to keep your options open. If I listened to the boy in high school that said NO when I asked him out, he wouldn’t be my husband now. If I listened to the college advisor who said NO when I was organizing my schedule, I would have spent more time and money in school. If I listened to every NO that came through for my first book, I wouldn’t have published it and I wouldn’t have started DarkSide Publishing with Megg Jensen and G. P. Ching and we wouldn’t be nearly as successful as we are now.
So remember: NO is never the end, it’s just the beginning of the challenge.
From DarkSide Publishing:
Karly Kirkpatrick has been writing since 2007 and released her first YA novel, Into the Shadows, in 2010. In addition to writing YA novels, she co-runs DarkSide Publishing, attends DePaul University in Chicago working towards a master’s in writing and publishing, blogs about epublishing, is a member of SCBWI, and teaches German and French in the Chicago suburbs. She currently lives in Elgin, Illinois with her husband and daughter.
Into the Shadows – YA Paranormal
Paivi Anderson has it all—friends, a spot on the varsity basketball team, wonderful parents and quite possibly, her first boyfriend. It was everything a freshman in high school could ask for. Her perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers her name on a list distributed by a power-hungry presidential candidate. How could anyone think of Paivi as an Enemy of the State? Could it be because of her special powers? No one was supposed to know about them! Maybe she should ask the creepy boy she suspects of sending the messages in her tater tots. In INTO THE SHADOWS, Paivi quickly learns who her friends are and is forced into a reality she didn’t see coming.
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Bloody Little Secrets – YA Paranormal Romance/Vampires
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