“Believe in You: Submit Your Manuscript or Illustration”
Believe in you.
I know. Sometimes it’s more difficult to believe in yourself than it is at other times. What are some simple things you can do to show you believe in you and your writing or illustrating? Let’s look at a few examples that show either a positive belief or a negative belief.
Actions/Reactions show your beliefs.
- Do you hide your work in a drawer?
- When someone says that your work’s good, do you reply, “I try, but I’m not very good at it.”
- If your work gets rejected, do you throw your manuscript in the trash?
- Do you bang your head against the table?
- Do you tear up your drawings?
- Do you punish yourself for not being good enough?
- Do you think other writers/illustrators are keeping you from achieving your goal?
Revamp the way you act and react.
- Submit your manuscripts/illustrations to editors/agents/contests/critique partners.
- Study the works of best-selling authors/illustrators.
- Study the works of authors/illustrators you admire.
- Study your work again, make possible revisions and try again.
- Take writing/illustrating workshops in person or online.
- Act like successful writers/illustrators do.
- God has a plan for you. No one is keeping you from achieving your goal. Help other writers/illustrators on your path. In helping them, you’ll learn something that helps you.
- Revise your manuscript after a critique.
- Study publishers/agents to find one that publishes the kind of story you want published.
- Study methods of publication (self-publishing and traditional publishing) to see which one you really want deep down in your soul.
Emotions show your beliefs
- Do you stay tense until you receive a response?
- Do you stay tense until the time has passed the three months or six months that indicates you haven’t passed the publisher’s or agent’s test for being noticed?
- Do you go into a fit of depression when you receive a “no” response.
- Are you afraid of what others might say about your work?
Can you reprogram your emotions so that the rejection doesn’t have such a negative influence over your goals? If you can’t accept a yes or no answer, figure out why? What myth are you believing as truth. This is a control thing. You think if they say, “NO, that you won’t get published. This isn’t true. It just means “no” for that publisher or agent. Make sure you’re not saying this to yourself if you receive a “no.” You are the only one that can say “NO” that stops you in your tracks.
- I relax knowing that I have put my best writing/illustrating forward. If they reject me, it’s because it’s not the right place for it. It doesn’t mean it’s not good.
- I relax knowing that I am a good writer/illustrator even if no one agrees with me. I know that God is helping me find the right publisher and to get the work in the right format.
Words show your beliefs. Do you say any of these negative belief statements?
- I can’t write.
- I can’t draw.
- I’ll never get published. It’s too hard.
- I’m not good enough to be a best-selling author.
- I don’t have the marketing skills to be a best-selling author.
- Not many people will buy my books because they don’t know me.
Rephrase your words to show you do believe in you and your writing/illustration.
- I can write. I can draw.
- My work is good. I’ll get published. I’ll find a way.
- Every day I take a step closer to the publication of my work.
- I have the writing and marketing skills to be a best-selling author.
- People who read my work tell everyone they know about my books and that they are good and give more value than its cost.
- People who see/read my work know that they get wonderful value for their money. They get helpful information. They get a powerful story. They get heart-felt illustrations.
- People who read my work or see my illustrations see my gift of humor and laugh.
Amazing Articles (Please read one. I promise you that you’ll be glad you did.)
- Amandah Tayler Blackwell. “10 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills—Quickly:” http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/10_ways_to_improve_your_writing_skillsquickly_46142.aspx
- Dan Shewan. “16 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills:” http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills
- Jerod Morris. “A Sobering Lesson on the Value of Compromising Your Creative Ideas:” http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-compromise/
- Miss Literati. “Author Quotes That Prove You’re a Real Writer:” http://www.missliterati.com/blog/author-quotes-prove-you-are-a-real-writer
- Jacquelyn Smith. “16 Business Books That Will Change Your Life Forever According to My Coworkers:” http://www.businessinsider.com/business-books-that-will-change-your-life-forever-2016-4/
- Elana Goldberg. “10 Life-Changing Books that Will Stay With You Forever:” http://www.goodnet.org/articles/10-lifechanging-books-that-will-stay-you-forever
Linds Redding. “An Overdue Lesson in Perspective:” http://www.lindsredding.com/2012/03/11/a-overdue-lesson-in-perspective/
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