Tell Again Tuesday
A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.
Here is an interesting blog that all writers will empathize with. This also will give readers a look into the psyche of a writer. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
Jim C Hines: Despair
More than a decade later, I vividly remember the lowest point in my writing career.
It wasn’t really a point so much as it was a line stretching downward over several months like one of those profit/loss graphs you see right before someone throws themselves out a window. It began in late 2002 with an offer from a major publisher, something I had been dreaming about for seven years. After hundreds of rejection letters and countless manuscripts, someone wanted to buy my book about a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet spider fighting against those obnoxious adventurers.
And then, after a number of increasingly unpleasant interactions, the publisher withdrew the offer. It turned out that newbie me had violated an unspoken rule of etiquette for this particular publisher. (My agent was shocked as well, so looking back, I don’t feel too bad for not knowing this individual’s quirk.)
At this point, a logical, rational being would note that perhaps this individual wasn’t someone I wanted to work with. Furthermore, getting an offer from a major publisher proved I was capable of writing professional, publishable novels, which meant I’d either sell Goblin Quest to another publisher (which I eventually did), or else I’d write a new book and break in that way.
The problem is, I’m not a logical, rational being. I’m an author. And I was crushed.