Instead of believing that publication is the prerequisite of success, I now consider the act of submitting my work for publication as the indicator of accomplishment. And I find that I have succeeded yet again! 🙂
Thanks to the inspiration of Kweenmama, Joy and Kimmelin, I have finally composed and sent out the manuscript for a children’s book that has sat unwritten in the back of my mind for twelve years now.
It occurs to me that, to get a piece of work in the mail, one has to believe that it is good enough to see the light of day. But at the same time, believing in the merit of the work leads to difficulty in accepting its rejection by those who hold the keys to the presses. I personally find this push and pull to be quite painful. But if I play a trick on my mind, and tell it that the point is not to see the work in print, but simply to be bold enough to send it on a tour of the world, then maybe I can feel successful with the mere act of submission.
I would say I am keeping my fingers crossed, but that is energy best used on other things. I have already done all there is to do: I have crafted the story to the best of my ability, I have researched the market, and I have mustered the gumption to seal the envelope and put it in the mailbox.
Now I can relax, take a breath, and decide on the next project.
To publish or not, that’s their problem now!