If at first you don’t succeed…
Winners never quit…
You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
All our lives, we’re encouraged to pursue our dreams. To set ambitious goals and work toward them. We hear success stories of those who created thriving businesses, sold their novels, got the part that launched an acting career.
We don’t hear much about those who failed…those who really tried, who worked diligently for years but just couldn’t get where they wanted to go.
So how do you know if it’s time to quit? Should you give up on a troubled relationship, the career change that hasn’t paid off, the novel you can’t seem to sell? When does an endeavor go beyond “persistence pays” to beating your head against the wall or even TSTL (too stupid to live–a critique given to a romance novel heroine who does something completely out of character or plain stupid)?
Maybe there’s a better use of your time, money and energy.
I’m seriously considering abandoning my pursuit of publication. Though multi-published friends and industry professionals praise my writing–an editor recently said “incredibly talented”–faithful readers know I haven’t sold after 15 years and 10 completed manuscripts. Yes, there are those who have taken even longer and written even more books before selling. But there are also many who sold their second or third manuscripts in a mere handful of years.
So do I write ms #11? Keep submitting the others, because all it takes is getting the right story in front of the right person at the right time? Or do I cut my losses and quit?