Publishing is a fluid industry.
Ever-changing, challenging, trends come and go.
So as an author, how do you survive?
It's a quality schools are big on instilling in kids.
About learning how to cope with hard knocks.
About moving on when things don't go your way.
About learning to forge ahead when things are against you.
Here's a publishing example:
People congratulate me on selling 24 books in 6 years. While not easy, some assume that once you get a contract with Harlequin Mills and Boon that you can keep writing for them for infinity.
The reality for me? I've had 5 editors and they've all been brilliant but after I had my first child I wrote 2 books in 8 weeks.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Maybe it was being high on happy hormones?
Maybe the lack of sleep?
Maybe because I'd worked full time until then and suddenly had loads of time on my hands while baby slept?
Whatever the reason, I wrote those books and thought they were brilliant.
And they didn't sell.
I'd had a change of editor and those books didn't fly.
So what did I do?
Worked on a few proposals, found one she liked and wrote that book instead.
That book too was on the verge of rejection but I knew I could revise it so I did and it sold.
After selling 5 books with barely a revision, those 2 rejections could've knocked me down.
I could've stopped writing, bemoaned the fact I'd never sell another book, whatever.
Instead, I used the experience to spur me on.
I wanted to take my writing to the next level.
Resilience=how we cope when the going gets tough.
Once you're published, there is no magical fairy godmother who waves a wand over all your manuscripts and makes them instantly publishable.
You still need to work at it.
You still need to produce your best work time and time again to secure more contracts.
You still need to keep striving.
Every single day when I sit down at my keyboard I want to prove to myself I can still do this, that I can go one better.
It's what drives me. What keeps me up and writing when the trends change and sales you expect don't materialise and the book of your heart isn't what's hot right now.
There are loads of resources to learn writing craft.
Only you can refine resilience.
(PS. Those 2 rejected manuscripts? Reworked and sold a few years later. One was MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? a recent RT Top Pick. Another of my mottos? Never say never!)