The Pink Heart Society proudly brings you a writer we predict will be the next big thing. Join us in welcoming aspiring author Abbi Cantrell as she shares the wild ride of the ALMOST PUBLISHED.
"Almost there . . . "
Remember that scene in Star Wars where Luke Skywalker sits in his X-wing fighter zooming through the trenches of the Death Star? After two failures, he’s the only hope to defeat the Empire.
Luke sure had a lot of people gunning for him – the Rebel Alliance, several star systems, and entire movie theaters as viewers sat on the edge of their seats.
Sitting in the seat as an ‘almost published’ writer kind of makes me feel that way. All the writers and authors I’ve met since I started this journey now look at me to join the world of the published. Why shouldn’t I?
“What if I don’t make it?”
“What if I miss that tiny window of opportunity no bigger than a Tatooine wombat?”
So over the next few months, two things are going to happen: We’re going to party like Han Solo or do the Grand Moth Tarkin shuffle in condolence.
Isn’t that how publishing goes? The upswing: You get a request for that full mss you’ve been working on for 6 months. You’re feeling good.
Then you get this e-mail from the Dark Side.
While we love your story, it doesn’t fit our needs at this time.
P.S. I am your father.
Back to square one. Or something like that.
But, in my mind, if you keep holding on, you’ll get there. Persistence will get you everywhere.
So who’s going to be around to remind me and others of this roller coaster ride never ends? The friends and family who've been around since day one. That's what important. That's what counts.
There’s two things about being a writer I tell myself:
1) It’s all about being positive
2) It’s not a competition. It’s about being yourself and achieving your goals.
So, I’ll be here once a month sharing my ups and downs (with more ups than downs hopefully).
I’d love to how other writers feel about the ‘almost published’ phenomenon. What are your thoughts?
Check back the second Wednesday of each month to share Abbi's journey. In between, be sure to check out her website, @abbi_cantrell and group blog, Seven Sassy Sisters.