Erin Hosier is very, very confident.
For two weeks now I have been practicing "The Secret," aka The Law of Attraction. After several years of being beaten down by publishers with a constant barrage of rejections and undependable, exceedingly disappointing excuses, I have decided to respond to the pain in a different way than that to which I'd become accustomed—crying, hitting pillows with a whiffle ball bat in therapy, and revenge blogging—and instead flat out prevent those negative responses in the first place by concentrating on my gratitude for all I've been given.
It's no wonder I'd allow myself to get so down—I was just as guilty of putting that negativity into the world. What did I expect from an editor so bogged down with reading manuscripts when I was asking her to get excited about my short story collection and to read it over the weekend? She was tired because I was tired. It was time to turn that frown upside down, eat a ton of sodium-enriched snacks and write myself a check for a cool mill even as I was envisioning spending it at Target.To do this, I set my sights on the most commercial, life-affirming non-fiction book project this literary representative has ever known. And sold the crap out of it this Wednesday at auction. (Okay, see how I projected my own success there?) There is simply nothing I won't do to sell these books.
Here's what I've been doing differently:
1. Expecting that the proposal is not just the outline for a very good book, but in fact a book that will change the world. This is the first one they'll mention in my obit.
2. I'm not even reading the emailed rejections! Sure I skim them in hopes of cribbing fresh one-liners, but mostly I'm just pitying your loss and basking in the glory of having such a hot project. If one of the Scouts calls, please tell them I can't possibly comment until after the auction.
3. Where there is Hosier, there is Awesome Project going to Auction amid a smell of money so intense I think that I shall faint. Lots of $$$,$$$$ that will serve to change the world!
If all this talk of auctions and the power to manipulate book sales with mind control intrigues you, you simply must check out my webinar with editor Amanda Moon called Inside Publishing
on May 7. In this candid conversation, Amanda and I will break down what happens when an Agent sends the Editor a book proposal, and all the Editor must go though in order to buy it, competitively with other editors, or within her own company. It's for anyone who has ever wondered what really goes on behind the closed doors of an editorial meeting, where dreams are either crushed or come through with bonuses to spare, like mine.
SWers, do you guys light candles? Make lists? Practice Kabbalah? How do you ward off the negativity?