I woke up today and found myself in a state of mind which I cannot explain. There was a mélange of anticipation and fear in my mind. The reason can be only one thing. And it is obvious. It is all about my novel ‘With love, forever’. Yes, I started this dream novel four years back, penning my first words in a diary. It has been a long journey since then (I’ll be posting the journey of this book as a separate blog post). Now the manuscript has been completed. Well, many people think that after finishing a novel, an author can stay at peace. But it is entirely a wrong notion.
Completing a novel is easy, but getting it published by a traditional publisher is very difficult. It is a long process and you have to practice patience for it. You can even start your next book within that. Such is the sorry state of affairs for a writer. I am not sure how many would take a look at my submission, how many would toss it in the trash can and how many would skim through it, let alone accept it for publication. That’s the reason I have sent my manuscript to several publishers, even to small ones. I hope that something would click for me.
Losing hope at this point is something a writer should avoid. I am well aware of it. For every writer, there is a publisher in this world. I repeat this as a mantra and assure myself that my book will see the light of day soon. My book is not just a book to me. I consider it as my baby, my long time cherished dream and my soulmate. I cannot let it die a slow death in my laptop. I can do anything to see my book in the various bookstores.
Well, I can easily opt for self publishing. But as my dear friend Bala Karthiga quoted, I say that it is a ‘suicide mission’. I mean, how the hell can you let the entire world know that you have published a book? Self publishing can never achieve that. You can only promote your book to your family and friends. But you need a wider audience to appreciate and review your book. Only traditional publishing can help you with that.
So, I think it might be worth the wait. Even if I have to wait for ages, I can. I have to. It will surely yield fruits. Till then, I have to keep repeating to my mind and heart to be calm. Stay patient. 🙂
“Patience is not the ability to wait, it is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”