“It’s never too late — in fiction or in life – to revise.”
It’s wonderful, isn’t it, when things work out just as we envisioned them? But it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, does it? Sometimes, we’re really thrown a curve ball. That’s exactly what happened to a friend of mine recently. How she handled the “curve ball” that came her way made a huge difference.
Here’s the story: she went to an event that was supposed to give her an overview of the publishing industry and offer her some helpful feedback. But it didn’t turn out that way. The information she received was scattered and the tone of the whole affair wasn’t all that supportive from a feedback standpoint.
Now here’s the part that really matters: instead of being frustrated by what happened, my friend extracted some valuable knowledge from the whole experience. She told me that though it wasn’t what she expected, she learned a lot. She realized that she has to really target the writing project she’s developing at a very specific audience — and zero in on publications that reach that audience. She also saw more clearly that the e-book route is an option she may need to learn more about.
As writers, we are masters of the page: we have control over what happens there. But once we start making forays into the wider publishing world, we are bound to have some dispiriting experiences. What to do? I think the best strategy is to adopt the motto: Take the best and leave the rest. Or as a friend is fond of saying: Learn and grow.