Authors need persistence and resilience like books need spines. There’s often as much rejection as celebration in the life of an author – whether that’s of manuscripts, book proposals or idea pitches. Yet, just as the route to publication can be paved with rejection and desperation, so too are opportunities to celebrate abound – whether you write your own book or have your book ghostwritten. Say you venture down the traditional publishing route. If successful, there’s the day an agent agrees to represent you, or the moment you leap from your chair and almost spill coffee over your laptop as
“Get my book published,” tops many a bucket list. As we hurtle towards the end of yet another year, thoughts turn to what we hope to achieve in the forthcoming 12 months. Hope is an important word, because writers need an abundance of hope. In her book, Grit, about the psychology of achievement, Angela Duckworth quotes bestselling-author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who says, “Writing is failure. Over and over and over again.” This may sound like a bleak summary of the writing trade, yet the image of screwed-up bits of paper surrounding the stressed writer, head in hands, is a prevalent one.