Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Kind of Like Friday

Well, today is my last day at the old job, so it's kind of like Friday for me. I still have four billion things to wrap up and a ton of personal items to pack, but this is it. I officially start the new job on Monday, but I have a ton of things to do Thursday and Friday in order to prepare for it - not least of which is tweaking my proposal, because


Finally, fourth try is the charm. This proposal has kicked my hiney, but it's finally working. I need to tweak a couple of hundred items to make it perfect :) but it's going to work.

My relief is paramount!

So today's thought is a quote by Albert Einstein - "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."

Now, apply this to your writing. Have you been guilty of turning out the same work over and over again and wondering why you're still racking up rejections? Or have you studied your failures and figured out why they didn't work so that you wouldn't make the same mistakes again?

Unfortanately for me, I was very creative with my propsal and kept making different mistakes. :) Hopefully, I covered a bunch of them that I won't make again, but I'm sure there's a million more out there.

When you receive a rejection, study the why. If you have notes from an editor YAHOO! Do NOT ignore them. If the comments are vague, then ask a published author or a very talented pre-published author if they could take a look and give you an opinion.

Without knowing the why, you could make the same mistakes over and over again - banging your head into the massive stone wall of publishing.


Colleen Gleason said...

Yayyyy Jana! Here's to a quick and easy revision process on the latest and a second sale soon!

Kelly Parra said...

Woo-hoo, Jana!!! I'm so glad you got the proposal approved by K! Yes, be open to sharing your work and accepting good advice. A great way to learn and approve.

Good luck with those revisions!!

Cari Manderscheid said...

Is the last day at a job the best or what? Knowing it's almost over and a fresh start is in store ... that's just awesome! And major congrats on the proposal -- I know you're majorly relieved!

Jana DeLeon said...

Thanks everyone!

Yes, I am excited about my new career and mega excited that the proposal blues are almost over!

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