On my way up to the writer’s conference I volunteered to swing by the airport and pick up one of the speakers.
Attending a writer’s conference is like reliving the first week of college where there is a fairly standard greeting. Instead of where are you from and what’s your major, however, the greeting is more along the lines of “so, do you write fiction or non-fiction?”
Larry isn’t an author but a author consultant and as we pulled out of town he asked me about my book proposals.
I pitched the first idea at him. “Too bad you’re not Bill Hybels, that idea would sell if you were a mega-church pastor. What else do you have?”
I pitched another idea. “If you were Beth Moore, that idea would sell.”
And now I will be Captain Obvious, I am neither Bill Hybels or Beth Moore. I don’t have a mega-church or mega-hair. Seen from one angle, this was a rather
depressing sobering conversation on the realities of publishing and selling (and no real surprises). Seen from another, it was freeing. No, I’m not Bill or Beth and I never will be. So instead of trying to be them, I need to keep my eyes on God and be me.
Authors are not the only ones to experience rejection (Captain Obvious again). Shawn Smucker is hosting a series now called #OvercomeRejection. The series started out as a place to encourage writers who have experienced rejection but has morphed into anyone over coming rejection.
Ever wonder how The Messy Middle got started? Well, it wasn’t just my writing that was rejected, it was me. I’m over at Shawn’s sharing the back story and would love for you to pop over and learn about the lovely phase of my life leading up to the birth of this blog (sarcasm about it being lovely). When you’re there, poke around, Shawn is an author I respect and enjoy and think you will too.
Your messy reject, :), Amy