We Have to Believe
Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
We all have dreams of publication. Writers dream of sharing their words with others, whether they’re words of story to entertain and inspire people, or words of non-fiction to share some truth that might help others live better lives. Agents and editors dream of bringing those words to readers.
Our dreams are constantly being threatened by the difficult publishing industry. We are bombarded with articles about the death of publishing, and rumors of how “impossible” this road is, and disappointing rejection letters.
But here’s the thing. If you have a deep, burning passion to share your written words with the world, then you—and only you—have to believe with everything in you that it will happen.
The sky is always falling in the publishing industry. It seems some people are afraid for the future of the written word. But I say, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Our options are expanding, not diminishing.
We live in an information-hungry society. We are voracious consumers of the written word for education, enlightenment, and entertainment. There is a hunger out there, and we will continue to need writers like you to satiate the appetite.
The way we deliver the written word is certainly changing and expanding at the speed of light; this means there are more opportunities to share your words with the world.
You may need to change your preconceived notion of how that’s going to happen. You may need to get more specific in your own mind about who your audience is, and how they can be reached. Nobody needs to reach everybody with their book; your job is to understand who you want to reach, and then begin to learn the best ways of reaching that specific audience.
Do not be frightened or discouraged by the changes in traditional publishing. This business is a dinosaur that is in need of change, and it’s all for the good.
Do not allow all the “competition” from other writers to discourage you. Understand that there is room for everyone who writes something that people want to read.
When you get rejection letters, let them fill you with gratitude that you’ve learned something; at the very least, you’ve learned that this particular agent or publisher isn’t for you at this time.
Be aware that somebody took the time to look at your work and respond – and let it make you smile.
Be grateful that you’ve been given the passion and ability to write.
Be overwhelmed with thankfulness that millions of people love to read, and you love to write.
Believe you’ve been given this passion for a reason. Understand that you have to work to bring it to fruition—but you’ve also been given the energy and enthusiasm and time you need to make it happen.
I believe it for you. I believe it for every single one of my authors. But you’ve got to believe it too. God gave you something powerful—a story or a message, and the desire to share it. God is not in the business of tricking people, or of squandering anything—not talent, not passion, not time. Pursue your God-given passions with an unwavering faith. Praise and bless the obstacles. And keep believing.
What are you believing for today?
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