“If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done!” by Joan Y. Edwards
It’s funny that you might have two or three manuscripts sitting in a file on your computer, packed away in a box under your bed, or hiding in an old manila folder. Yet, you have never ever submitted any of these stories to a publisher. Or perhaps you’ve drawn or painted many pictures, put them in a colorful portfolio, but have never submitted them to a publisher.
How long have you been waiting? How long are you going to procrastinate the submission process? What is stopping you? Why haven’t you submitted them? I know your list of reasons could reach in the hundreds. But why list them. Why not focus on the reasons you should submit your manuscript? Use your energy to get you closer to your goal.
Here are five empowering facts about you that you may not know:
You have the intelligence needed for this job.
You have the talent needed for this job.
You have the experience needed for this job.
You have the money and resources to do this job.
You have the courage to do this job.
You’re looking at me as if I don’t know what I am talking about. But, I do. I know you better than you know yourself. You have all these talents, but you’re afraid of failing.
So what if you fail. You’ve failed before. What did you do? You got up and tried again. Do it again.
Each time you do it, you’ll gain more skills. You’ll learn at least a few things to improve your submission.
You tell me that you did that with other things, but submitting a manuscript or submitting a postcard with an illustration on it…that’s a completely different ball game. That’s too hard.
Someone’s holding up a mirror in front of you that’s not projecting a true picture of your worth. It must be an old timey mirror that distorts the true picture of what the situation really is. It’s time to get a new mirror. It’s time to think different ideas. It’s time to have a different belief system. It’s time to believe in you. God believes in you. I believe in you. Believe in yourself.
But you say to me. My parents don’t believe in me. My husband doesn’t believe in me. My sister doesn’t believe in me. My brother doesn’t believe in me. My boss doesn’t believe in me.
Guess what! To be successful, the only human person who has to believe in you is you!
God believes in you. He put an idea for a creation in your heart…a gut feeling. That’s God telling you that you’ve got what it takes and he’ll be there with you each step of the way. If you don’t have it now, you’ll have it as soon as you start believing in you. You’ll learn it. As soon as you need it, God will hand you the key.
Belief in yourself is essential. Once you believe it, it will happen. Take action. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done. You won’t reach your goal.
How do you gain more confidence in yourself? Practice. Study. Practice. Saying it. Believing it. Doing it. Taking action.
Write down the steps you need to take. Then take them. Do it. Go ahead. One by one. Inch by inch. Story by story. Illustration by illustration. Submission by submission. You’ll get there.
October was the 7th Birthday of Pub Subbers. I had a contest on this blog post for people to submit their work to a publisher, editor, contest, or agent during October before midnight October 31, 2016 and to leave a comment telling that they submitted and where. No one let me know that they submitted their work. Therefore, I decided to award the prize to one of the seven people who left a comment:
- Joan Reid
- Linda Andersen
- Sheri Levy
- Carol Baldwin
- Sandra Warren
- Cat Michaels
- Kathleen Burkinshaw
Random.org chose #7, therefore, Kathleen Burkinshaw won a free critique of 3,000 words, 3 illustrations, or a copy of Darcy Pattison’s Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Thank you to all of you who left a comment. You help give life to my blog.
How do you reward yourself when you submit? A tangible reward works well for me. Feel free to share this post with your fellow writers and illustrators. To leave a note, click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Believe in You
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards
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