We got rejected. Not once. Not twice. Not thrice. Not…wait what comes after thrice?
Alright, the number doesn’t matter, but let’s just say it was a substantial amount of times.
So we’ve decided to self-publish our book. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say “selves-publish” since both my brother and I wrote the book together. Of course, we tried the traditional route of publishing. We wrote a killer query, submitted it out to agents, and waited eagerly for their winning feedback. What we got back was a bunch of “Thanks, but no thanks,” or “This is intriguing but not right for me.”
Truth be told, we got close. Four agents requested the full manuscript, and it only took a measly eight months for them to respond. Throughout those months, I dreamed about the call. The call that would change our life forever. “Hi, my name is Tess Tesla and I want YOUas a client.” I had a list of questions and talking points scrawled on a paper and tucked in my wallet so that when the call did come, I would be ready.
The call never came. Instead, four brief emails entered our inbox with the agents passing on our manuscript.
My ego was running dismally low. What can I say? It sucks to be rejected again and again, especially for something you are passionate about.
Then I heard this quote, and by heard, I mean I searched the interwebs. “If you really want something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."-Jim Rohn
It made me realize that I didn’t need to let an agent dictate my future. Self-publishing has often times been given a negative connotation, and possibly for good reason. But there have been so many successes too. Wool by Hugh Howey. The Martian by Andy Weir.
With rejection behind us, my brother and I have decided to embark on the self-publishing journey. Perhaps this blog is more for us than our potential reader. But I’d like to chronicle the journey, and welcome anyone else along for the ride.
Step one to write a book complete. Now for the hard part…