Sometimes, in the publishing world, you get bad news. Awful news. Devastating news. And sometimes you get lovely news. And fantastic news. And heart-stopping, dream-making news.
But today we talk about how to deal with bad news.
Bad news #1: Your manuscript was rejected.
If this is the first rejection, it will be the hardest. You will anxiously open your email, tell everyone who is around you to shut up and you will read. And then your heart stops. And then you frown. And then you get mad. Real mad. Who do you think you are? You can’t reject me! I’m brilliant! What is wrong with you? And you will debate emailing them back and asking them if they still do their mother’s laundry. Don’t.
How to deal? Cry. You’re allowed. Eat chocolate. Have red wine and popcorn for supper. Throw something and think irrational thoughts. And then get over it. Because no one likes hanging around a self-pitier. Your book was rejected, your father did not just die. Get perspective. There are two reasons why you were rejected: 1) your book sucks or 2) you haven’t made the connection yet.
Bad News #2: The editors removed a rather large chunk of what you wrote, because they don’t like it.
How to deal? Cry. You’re allowed. Eat chocolate. Have red wine and popcorn for supper. Throw something and think irrational thoughts. And then get over it. Time to look at two options. 1) argue with your editor or 2)allow the changes
Arguing with your editor can be good or it can be bad. Try not to use any bad words or criticisms. Editors are terribly smart and there is a reason why they have the job they do. They also have the power to make you look good or bad. Editors talk. If you are a bad person they don’t like talking to, it’ll get around. Ask your editor why? If it is terribly pertinent to the story, explain. If they are firm, how can you be changed? Or, when it happens to me, I think about it, pray about it and ask God to either change them, or me.
Bad News #3: Your book isn’t coming out on the release date.
How to deal? sigh and get over it. You can’t change that. No matter what. Get focused on the next project.
So: today I got to edit some stuff I didn’t really want to, but I think with some super creative ideas, I can make it rock even more so.
And my second book won’t be out until October. Instead of August.
Reading: Bourne Identity