There are definitely some days when being a writer is interesting, and others when it is absolutely fun. Then there are other days when it makes you rethink your whole life. Others, you are disappointed.
You’re disappointed when you are turned down by a publishing company. Even though “no” is the worst thing they can say, it still doesn’t feel that great.
You’re disappointed when your book doesn’t reach as far as you hoped it would. It might not even be a disappointment about the money or fame, but merely that you thought it would do better. The disappointment stems somewhat from yourself, when you keep thinking, “What could I have done better? Should I have done more marketing? Should I have spent more time on the story?”
Another disappointment is when your publishing date gets pushed back. That’s the newest disappointment in my life currently. My second book has been with my publisher for a while now, and it was set to be published in September. When I didn’t hear anything from them for a while, I wondered what was going on with it. Then I received an email this week, saying that they had overcommitted and were having to push back my release (along with a couple other authors’ releases) until February 2014.
It’s disheartening in some ways. I know there isn’t much I can do about it. A small publisher can only do so much with its resources. I can’t blame them, though I wish I had known sooner as I had been telling people that it was going to come out this year yet. That is one of the things I knew going into my publishing contract with the company. Even with a larger publisher, I’m sure things aren’t always set in stone. Release dates are pushed up or pushed back, and things can always fall through. And this small publishing company gave me a chance to be a published author, a dream I was never sure would actually come true.
So what to do to work through disappointments like this? There’s not much else to do but keep on writing. I think the disappointments pale in comparison to the joys of being an author in the long run. I hope that is how it is for other authors out there, too.