“I AM HALF AGONY, HALF HOPE” –– Captain Wentworth, Persuasion
But the latter is a hard lesson to learn. The truth is that when you have something to sell, whether it be a book, a song, or an article of clothing, it has to appeal to someone or else it does not sell. Not everyone will like the same style of writing.
This brings to mind a story that I used to read to my daughters. It is titled You are Special by Max Lucado. There were wooden puppet type figures called Wemmicks that judged everyone by giving them either stars or dots, the former was deemed good and the latter was only supposed to put us down. They were labels. But there was one Wemmick, named Lucia, who these stickers would never stick to. No matter how many stars or dots were given to her, they would simply fall off. A certain Wemmick, Punchinello, had been given a lot of gray dots and wanted to be without any stickers like Lucia. So she took him to see Eli, the Wemmick maker. Eli tells Punchinello, “You are mine. That is what makes you special.” The dots start falling off from that moment.
It took a lot of work to get to this point. The outline for the book was started in July 2012. It took almost three months to write it and a few more months of editing from my volunteer betas. Then in October I hired an editor, Katrina Beckstrand, and we have worked nearly nonstop together for five months. All the while, I worked and approved the original painting that is the cover done my Rebecca Watkins. Then these last ten days I have given instructions and given feedback on the graphic design of the cover and marketing materials like bookmarks etc. that is being done by Kara Watkins. Then there is all the background blogging and promotions, networking, setting up reviews and scheduling guest blogs on other websites. It can get demanding. Self-publishing is very rewarding and the reason it is so rewarding is because you know its success is a direct reflection of the amount of work you put into it.
Which brings me round circle. I have worked very hard on this book. It has been half agony as I see it transformed into something even more beautiful and yet I still have the fear of rejection. But in truth, we can only do what we can do. I recently found a quote that summarizes my thoughts.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” –Vince Lombardi
So it with a bit of agony, and a bit of hope that I will hit that submit button and give to the world what I love so much. I know people will want to judge it and give it a star or a dot, but I know deep down its true worth, for I am its maker. I hope that Pride and Persistence finds a way into your heart like it has mine.
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