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If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done!


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If you don’t do it, it won’t get done! Image Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“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:

  1. You have the intelligence needed for this job.

  2. You have the talent needed for this job.

  3. You have the experience needed for this job.

  4. You have the money and resources to do this job.

  5. 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.

Pub Subbers

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

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:

  1. Joan Reid
  2. Linda Andersen
  3. Sheri Levy
  4. Carol Baldwin
  5. Sandra Warren
  6. Cat Michaels
  7. 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.

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15 Responses

  1. This is so true! I have submitted and resubmitted manuscripts, queries, short stories…sometimes they are accepted but most times I have enough rejections to wallpaper with. Funny, the other day I received a rejection from The Paris Review, but it still felt good to be rejected from a high caliber literary magazine! I know that’s kind of nuts. Anyway, I will make every effort to resubmit a manuscript to a new publisher one more time before October 31st. Sometimes we need a good pep talk and that’s what your post has done for me today. Thank you, Joan Edwards!
    joan.reid@yahoo.com

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    • Dear Joan Reid,
      Thank you for writing and sharing your submission and resubmission experiences. I am excited that The Paris Review sent you a rejection letter…many times all writers hear or see is air. No notice. No contact of any kind. I’m with you. Take that as a compliment. So you must be close to what they want. Write them back and ask them. Or read the issues of the magazine to find your niche with them. I’m proud that you’re going to resubmit a manuscript to a new publisher. Go, Joan Reid, go.

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  2. A great contest idea and a terrific selection of prizes. Happy 7th anniversary PubSub. Good luck to all!

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you like the contest idea and the prizes, too. Thanks for being with me and Pub Subbers all these years.

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  3. Joan, you are such a great motivator. You are so right when it comes to fear holding us back. I’m glad you are pushing and energizing your readers to believe in themselves! It is hard every time, but you must do it.

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    • Dear Sheri,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for saying I’m a great motivator. I am proud of your book, Seven Days to Goodbye. So glad fear didn’t stop you from submitting it and getting it published. Each of us needs constant reminders that taking a chance on us is well worth it every time. Each time we get a step closer to our goal.

      Celebrate you
      You are a gift
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  4. Your title says it all, Joan!! It’s what brings me back to the computer when I’m tired of revisions!!

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    • Dear Carol,
      I’m glad you liked the title. A friend, Karen Tomas, and I were talking about writing the other day and I said, “If you don’t do it, it won’t get done.” We both laughed and she said, “Joan, that is so profound.”

      I said, “It think I’ll blog about it.”

      When I shared our conversation with another person, they said, “Everybody knows that.”

      We may know it, but sometimes we need a little reminder that we can do it. Myself, included.

      Thus came the blog. I put the emphasis on submitting, but I figured that my readers would know where they needed to use the idea.

      I’m proud of your stick-to-it attitude and action! You are a great author!

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  5. Amen and AMEN! Nothing more needs to be said! Once again you nailed it, Joan.

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    • Dear Sandra,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you think I nailed it with my title, “If you don’t do it, it won’t get done!”

      Celebrate you and the number of times you have faced your fears!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  6. Hey, Joan! Appreciate your words of encouragement. Writing is a bumpy, solitary road. Easy to get bogged down and feel discouraged by its slow progress. Many thanks!

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    • Dear Cat,
      Thank you for writing. You’re welcome for my words of encouragement. I hope to see you at the conference. I’m only going to be there on Friday. See you soon!

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  7. Joan, such a great post! Thank you for all the encouragement and support you give your readers as well as your friends ❤

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    • Dear Kathleen, Thank you for writing. I’m glad you liked my post. You’re welcome for the encouragement and support I give to my friends and my readers! I love encouraging others.

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  8. October was the 7th Birthday of Pub Subbers. I had a contest for 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. Kathleen, please let me know which prize you’d like. Thank you to all of you who left a comment. You help give life to my blog.

    Believe in you
    Never Give Up
    Joan

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