Maury Ballstein: What do we do when we fall off the horse?
Derek Zoolander: [thoughtfully looking up and mouthing the words silently] … fall off the horse…
Maury Ballstein: [looking to supply finish] … we… get back on!
Derek Zoolander: Sorry, Maury. I’m not a gymnast.
From the 2001 movie “Zoolander” (courtesy of IMDB)
FALLING OFF THE HORSE…
Yesterday, Amazon reported which books made it through the first round of its Breakthrough Novel Award.
Dance of Souls did not make the cut.
I admit that as I waited for the PDF file of the 1,000 works of general fiction that had made it to open and then scrolled through the document, my heart was beating a little fast. Then, as I looked in vain for my name between Audrey Greathouse and Audrey RL Wyatt (yes, for some reason they arranged the list alphabetically by author’s first name), I felt that familiar gut-twist of disappointment.
Even though I had said to myself as the file was opening, “I’m sure you didn’t make it.” Even though I realized that 5,000 (five thousand) novels were entered in the first round. I allowed myself a half hour or so of angry self-pity. Then I set it aside and got back to work.
… AND GETTING BACK ON
Yes, that’s how we fiction writers do it. The old fall-off-the-horse-and-get-right-back-on trick. It’s really the only way we can write at all.
We’ve all heard about the 25, 50, or 100 rejection letters a first-time author receives before an agent or editor finally, finally recognizes the novel for the jewel that it is.
I’ve stopped counting, but I think I may be getting close to my rejection quota.
… AND CONTINUING THE RIDE
I promised to let blog readers know how my marketing activities were going. I’ve done three of the five things on my to-do list for this week: 1) publicized my reading from Fault Zone that’s happening on March 4; 2) sent books to the Goodreads giveaway winners; and 3) contacted blogger Rebecca Berto about a review. That leaves two things spilling over into next week: 1) choose pieces to submit for the San Mateo County Fair literary anthology and the Foster City International Writer’s Contest; and 2) plan another KDP giveaway AFTER reading this advice from Emlyn Chand.
So there you have it. Now I’m ready to ride off into the sunset.