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No offense to the non writers of the world, but they don't get it. They ask questions like "What's it about?" I hate that question. I've also been trying to remedy not having an answer for it by working on my elevator pitches. My non writer friends are fantastic people and I love them; the reason I don't talk about my writing with them is all in my head and none of their fault at all, really.
You see, I'm afraid. I'm afraid of being like Kathryn Stockett, the woman who wrote the bestselling book, The Help. I'm afraid that if I shout from the rooftops that I'm a writer, my friends are going to *GASP* ask questions. They might even develop a set of expectations. According to an article on More, after The Help was rejected for the 15th time, one of her friends said 'Maybe the next book will be the one,'. You see, because her friends knew she was querying agents, they had a set of expectations they built up in their heads. Why does she still bother to query that same book? If it was that good surely an agent would have picked it up by now, right? How could she send fifteen queries and not land a deal?
Easy, it happens. All. The. Time. Kathryn Stockett is surely not alone on the list of rejected authors that went on to be best sellers. Here is a list of 50 authors that were rejected before someone finally thought their book was publishable. Isaac Asimov, Margaret Mitchell, Louisa May Alcott, Agatha Christie, Zane Grey, and the list goes on. Kathryn Stockett received a staggering 60 rejections before she landed an agent. I applaud her for her tenacity and her never say die attitude. I applaud her for lying to her friends and saying she was repainting her apartment when she was really working on more revisions. I applaud her for believing in her work even when her friends thought 'the next book [would] be the one,'
I've only ever received rejections for my poetry. I have written a book, but Unbroken is really not ready for query, and I'm still on the first draft of The Demon in Him. I do imagine that if I should decide to query my work and not self publish, that I'd get a ton of support from my friends, but I'm not going to tell them until after I've landed a contract. I don't imagine there are many words to use to console a person who's book (that took years to write) isn't good enough (in the eyes of that agent/publisher, anyway) to be published.
Maybe a simple pat on the back and a dreamy whisper of the words One Day...
There's no need to finish the sentence, we're writer's, dreaming is our day job.