With all of the negative talk about the future of book publishing and what is going to happen to reading and writing, I was reminded this week of a lesson I learned early on: Never give up!
So often during the course of our work, we get discouraged. Publishers don’t see the proposals or manuscripts the way we do, Authors are depressed when we can’t sell their work right away and we become exhausted by rejection. Indeed, when I first started out as an agent I would take this rejection quite personally. Then I had a chat with myself and realized that if I continued to do that, I might as well find another career.
Over the years, I have had my fair share of rejection, but I have also experienced many instances where, after trying and trying to sell something I believed in and refusing to give up, I’ve ultimately succeeded and seen the book I sold become a huge success. Some examples: The Simplify Your Life series, In Memory’s Kitchen, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
This week I sold a novel I had shown to over 40 publishers. I believed in this novel and in its author and I decided I simply wouldn’t give up; the author continued to encourage me to keep going and I did. Finally, last Thursday afternoon we had our offer and we completed our deal on Friday. The novel will be published next April.
Once again, my confidence in the value of persistence was renewed. I’d love to hear your stories of grit and perseverance.