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When am I going to get published?

When am I going to get published?

This week’s inspirational post is in response to Ryan’s comment on last week’s post. It’s something that is on the mind of every new author, especially those with more than one book.

What does it take to get published?

The answer is the same answer I’d give on how to get to any goal. It consists of 4 things and we’re going to examine them one at at time over the next four weeks.

1) Set a goal.

Yes, I know. Your goal is to get published. But now add a deadline to that goal. Many people would like to do something “someday.” The problem is that someday is always in flux. This is the different between dreaming about becoming a published author and becoming a published author. So, your next response is, “But it’s not up to me. It’s up to those damn publishers and agents that keep sending me rejection letters.” Sorry, but it’s entirely up to you.

The point of creating a deadline is that it forces you to act. It puts the pressure on for performance and improvement. Maybe you’re just sending out query letters now and being disappointed with the results, but you’re hoping eventually someone will say “yes.” If you’ve suddenly got a deadline, you’ll be forced to get creative to figure out better ways to make them say, “yes.” You may realize that your query letter can be improved. You may suddenly see flaws in your book that never stood out before. You notice a event that agents and publishers will be at that you can attend to pitch your book firsthand. Alternatively, that deadline may make you notice an e-book opportunity, a writing contest, a self-publishing seminar, or any number of ways to get the book published whether or not it’s through a traditional publisher.

See how it works? Work always expands to fill the time allowed. If you’ve allowed for “someday” then you may be working a long time. Now, what if your deadline comes and you’re not published? Well, then you chose the wrong date. It’s no big deal. I’ve done it myself sometimes. Just NEVER change the date before it passes. I’ve see miracles happen on that last day.

John Canary whose goal was to lead a specific motivation coaching course. He set his goal for five years from his decision to do it, and for five years he studied and went to hundreds of seminars, always sitting in the front seat, always being available to be called on and to help. The was no visible change in his life for the entire five years but, inside, a change was occurring. Then on the night before his deadline the coach of the seminar he was attending the next day (Bob Proctor) called him to tell him that the Chicago airport was closed because of a snowstorm and John would have to lead because he was there. After John told Bob about his goal and his deadline, Bob joked that John was responsible for the snowstorm.

If you haven’t started or finished your novel. Set a goal to complete it. If you’ve finished it, then set a goal to have it published by. This is used by successful people all over the world in every field. And it may be so different form what you’ve been brought up to believe that your mind is screaming, “That’s not right!” And you can probably come up with all sorts of reasons why this is so. But if you’ve got one or more books under your belt, and you’ve sent dozens or hundreds of letters out, and years have gone by without any luck, then realize your “right ” method isn’t working.

You need to ask yourself, “Do I want to be right or do I want to be successful?”



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