How do you deal with the stress of trying to get published?
I've finished my novel and am currently in the 'finding an agent' phase of my writing career. I find the process particularly stressful because very rarely, if ever, does an agent provide feedback as to why they chose to pass. Have you gone through this process and, if so, what did you do to keep positive and motivated?
I went through it in submitting short stories to literary magazines. It's hard -- that's for sure -- but keep at it. I have since been published in several literary magazines on honest-to-goodness paper! Don't give up! Think of it as paying your dues.
Have a few beers. It always calms me down. Most of the greatest writers were heavy drinkers, probably because of the agents:)
I prefer self-publishing through Amazon either through the KDP program or Create space. The eBook market does well for unknown authors some like Amanda Hocking even received book deals after going through this method.
I think the best thing you can do if you are finding the process of leg-working your novel around the agents is getting stressful for you is:
1. Start writing the next novel.
2. Detach yourself emotionally and don't expect a critique.
3. Draw up a short list and a long list of agents and publishing houses you think might be suitable and then just send it out on automatic. As soon as one comes back, send the next one out. Then forget about it.
4. If you can afford it and really believe in your work, get a paid professional critique. Be careful here, however, these waters are full of sharks. However, I can personally recommend The Literary Consultancy which 100% for real and has direct links with hundreds of the main agents and publishers.
5. Don't forget that some of the world's greatest writers had their manuscripts rejected hundreds of times before they found success. Agents reject work for all kinds of reasons, as many business related as literary.
6. Keep writing.
Hope that helps and all the best.
I stopped trying to get published long time ago, and just write for my own pleasure, looking at it as a hobby after my long day work....I can not stop writing but I can stop stressing about writing, for me it is not worth it, but Jenna is right, perservere if getting published is important for you:)
I spent 10 years "finding an agent." Sadly, it often does not matter if you are a good writer with perfect grammar, it's all about what's marketable "right now." And that can be quite stressful. I've been able to get a few pieces published and some magazine articles. I don't feel like it's worth the time and effort anymore since eBooks and self-publishing have hit the scene. It makes things much easier. I still use an editor and graphic designer. But I stress less and make more. Plus, its much more fun and you get to have total control.
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