“There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.”
So said Sir Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist and caricaturist. I read his bio on Wikipedia and it didn’t sound to me like he hit too many bumps along the way to success. Of course, being knighted would be rough.
Anyway, most of us on our way to success will hit some roadblocks, detours, and maybe even experience head-on collisions. No matter what your goals in life- world travel, publishing deal, or world domination- the road isn’t paved with gold.
The quest to get published is an arduous process. Beerbohm might have been right- perhaps the failures are more interesting than the final successes, but I don’t care. I want to be a success.
People don’t realize that every book sitting on the shelves at Barnes and Noble was the result of blood, sweat, and tears from a small army of people. They also don’t recognize it takes years for a book to get published.
I don’t tell many people that I’ve written a book and am attempting to get published. It’s a long, convoluted story that most people don’t want to hear. In fact, I haven’t told anyone in my family outside my husband. It will be much easier to tell people about my book when I know it’s going to get published than to have to explain the whole rigmarole right now.
What about you? Do you tell people about your quest to be published?