I have found a single gif that sums up publishing, and if you follow me on twitter, you’ve already seen me post this:
Now, in reality, we are not all identical green, three eyed aliens in blue space suits. Each one of us is original. We have our own stories, our own voice, and our own level of expertise to bring to the table. Some of us are surely near the top, having honed and fine-tuned our craft. Others are in various positions along our journey.
The rest is luck.
Two authors, able to bring the same skill and talent to the table, will endure very different time tables. One may be picked up right away, while the other has to wait for years. There is no magic ball. Only work, determination, and the will to never give up.
And when that magic day arrives, it really does feel like winning the lottery. I’d say it’s like winning a toy in a crank machine, but I used to be mighty talented at those games, and can still be drawn to them like a moth to the flame! However, the newer machines have less and less grip, making them almost impossible.
As publishing surely feels at times.
The joy on that alien’s face in the gif, that’s something I can surely relate to. I hope I never forget that high feeling. Through the highs and lows of this business, we all need a feel good moment to hold onto.