Unless you are fantastically lucky, famous (and I mean famous, not a “celebrity” for the day) or have written the most amazing piece of work that hits the right desk at the right time, then the chances are that for you to get your novel published you will need several things.
One of the most important things is Percy Verence. No writer will ever succeed at anything unless they persevere and are prepared to be knocked down, get up, be knocked down and keep getting up at least one more than they get knocked down. Knocked down seven, got back up again 8.
You, the writer, have to keep on with dogged determination working as hard as you can to perfect the manuscript until it shines like a lighthouse beacon in the darkest, most horrific of storms. No-one else is going to do it for you, you have to get up, dust yourself down and try again, and again and again…..
Like the little terrier that has hold of your trouser leg, you have to keep on going believing in yourself and your writing, knowing that one day, it will happen for you. If you don’t believe that at the start, then don’t get on the bus. You will be wasting your time.
But for those who persevere, the rewards are fantastic. And I do not just mean financial rewards, I also mean the writing community and the friends you make along the way. I have made life long friends of writers I have met at a writers conference, life long friends.
Other writers understand, they “get it” when you let rip a rant, they truly do. They are there with comforting words, advise and fellowship, and give you a sense that you are not alone. That is a vary valuable gift indeed, when the physical sitting down and writing phase of writing is a very lonely profession.
Other writers, unlike those in many other professions, want you to be successful, they genuinely do. Well, at least all of those I meat when I am out and about do.
So, keep that ghost close by and remember Percy Verence will help you all the way through, even in the darkest of times, Percy Verence will be there for you as long as you truly believe in yourself and your work.