The other day as I opened my inbox and scanned through my email I clicked on a NetGalley review. Short and sweet, the reviewer didn’t say much, but still it was nice to get some positive feedback.
And that’s when I sat back on my balance chair, slightly awestruck.
Ever have one of those moments? That epiphanal A-HA that sweeps through body and soul? Not all that long ago, before I saw e-book publishing light, I’d be sitting there on my balance chair bummed out by the rejections I’d received.
Now, I check my email and rejoice that READERS are READING my books.
This is so much better than waiting for rejections from agents and editors. And the moment everything changed, the moment that set me free, was when I got crystal clear on the reality that I don’t, and NEVER WILL, have that
publishing voice or style. I just don’t. And it doesn’t matter anymore. Just because agents and editors don’t get me,
doesn’t mean readers won’t. NEW
Because some do. Sure, there are a few critics, too… but there are readers and reviewers who love my voice and style and THAT’S WHAT COUNTS.
All I had to do was find the courage within myself to step away from the madness, leave the old dream in the dust, and believe that I could find readers.
What happened to the old rejection collection, the emails I amassed when I was trying oh-so-hard to get traditionally published? They sit in file in my inbox, ready for permanent deletion. Because they just don’t matter anymore.
Are you a reader or a writer? What do you think of this new frontier of publishing?
Jamie Brazil is the author of The Commodore's Daughter as well as other novels. Please visit her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/BrazilBooks