At our Winter Dinner, Writers of Kern celebrated fellow members achieving Active status—and thankfully, I was given the honor of pinning each author during the ceremony.
To those outside our writing community it might be tough explaining our seemingly small milestone. Most of the world sees authors in two camps, Bestsellers or Pretenders. Sometimes I’m sure we also buckle under the pressure of well-intentioned friends and family when they begin asking questions on our progress toward publication.
The truth is this, nobody writes well. The only difference between Bestsellers and so-called Pretenders is where we stop. Everybody has a terrible first (or fifteenth) draft. But when we keep plugging away and polish both our manuscript and our craft, we slowly chip away at the Bestseller within us.
Don’t be afraid to stop and celebrate each and every milestone. One of my clients just finished her ninth book. The first three were self-published and were horrific at best (she’d be more than happy to admit that). She learned the value of editors and critique groups and found an agent after her seventh book.
Her eighth book went to auction last week—in the literary world this means the interest was so intense, publishing houses begin a bidding war for the contract. My client did delete all of her early books but she’s kept physical copies and printed every bad review.
Every win (including rejections) should make us pause, reflect and celebrate. Whether you’ve yet to query or you’ve received your fiftieth rejection, stop and celebrate. Every moment is a step forward.
Happy Holidays my lovely writers. See you in the New Year!