I work in a field that makes me happier than the days I spent on a sleigh, in deep snow, sliding down steep hills and thinking about the hot chocolate that waited for me and my friends at home. My field is communications in which I've written feature articles for major magazines, The New York Times, corporate financial quarterlies and annual reports for a major pharmaceutical and ghosted books for doctors who don't have time to do the writing.
Loved every moment of it. Can you imagine getting to do the thing you wanted most of all since you were a child? I have. It's great. And I'm at the pivotal point of my career where my first novel, "I Know You by Heart," will be published in December 2009.
That's until people who are also involved in the same business deliberately tried to take my progress down for whatever reason they felt so entitled. In the business I'm in, there are some very creepy people who hide in the corners of the publishing business and seem to lay in wait, peep into other's business, in order to make life hard for those of us who just want to do our thing and be happy with our lives.
I've met them and I've dealt with them. And I've moved on.
Over all the years that I attempted to publish my first novel, I was rejected in so many ways, that I wish I had made a scrapbook of the notes and letters. Some were kind; some people even offered suggestions. Others simply wrote a big fat "NO" on the front of the query letter and some never got back to me at all.
But I knew that this was the deal. Publishing for a newbie in fiction is practically impossible. It took four years and hundreds of these rejections Now I can love it from the point of view of a writer who knows that those who read it will love it since its all about every family, during any crisis:
The whole journey is at once, mindblowing and healing. And now I'm in the process of constructing my new fiction called, "A Promise in the Wind," that will be out in 2010.
But I've met with crisis and dispicable behavior in other sectors of the business, but that's just the way it is. Some people will never be happy to see another's success, particularly when their own work is not going well. I've met the enemy and they are "not" ours; they just mean people. But haven't we all met them? The most important thing I've learned from all the difficulty they bring about, is that there is no journey that is not fraught with disparagement, danger and fear. If we stay the course, the ones who wish failure on us will eventaully fade away and no longer matter.
If that's your experience, please write and tell me about it. I can empathize, and tell you what your future holdsfor you, IFyou want your prize bad enough.
Then all of it turns to BLISS.....