In a world where you have poured your heart and soul into a project; spent countless hours developing your ideas; opened yourself up to criticism and FINALLY got to a point where you feel “done”, it’s easy to see why receiving any call/letter/email stating that YOUR book – YOURS!! – has been accepted for publishing!
It’s a surreal moment. Your dreams are really coming true! A professional truly believes in your work as much as you do – by the sound of their response, maybe even MORE than you do! Your big break is here, it’s really happening! You can’t WAIT to tell all those naysayers that you have indeed finally “made it” and they can all, well, suck it!
But here’s the thing…while that acceptance feels so wonderful, is it really the acceptance that is best for you?
As an author, the very best thing you can do for yourself, is to make sure the publisher you end up choosing is truly the best fit for both you AND your book. So, how do you do this?
You be patient. You be diligent. You be humble. You become willing to Reject Acceptance!
There are SO many publishing houses out there. And, for the most part, they are all the right fit – for someone. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the right fit for you. I promise you this: If you feel in your gut that a publisher is not the right fit for you, and you reject their acceptance, it will not be your only chance. One of the BEST things about writing a book, is that your options for making it public are nearly limitless! I know of authors who have turned down one of the Top 5 because they didn’t want to turn over all rights to their book. The money and other promises just weren’t worth it to them. I know authors who have turned down ALL self-publishing and vanity acceptances because they simply want to wait out for one of the Top 5. There are authors who knew their current situation meant self-publishing first, and then growing and getting that Top 5 offer.
It boils down to know what you want. Knowing what you are capable of. How much you are willing to be invested. I have seen more authors be disappointed in themselves for jumping on the first acceptance they have received than in any other part of their process.
If you are still finding yourself lost in a sea of “acceptance” offers, I would recommend seeking a professional in the industry to help you determine the best path for you. Hint: Don’t ask a publisher. Make it someone who is unbiased. A literary attorney, an agent, a coach/consultant…just make sure they are not directly affiliated with any specific publisher so that you have the best chance for truly unbiased guidance.
Remember: YOU are the author. YOU own your work. Ultimately, YOU are in control. You get to decide when to say no and when to say yes. Remember that!
“You have to know how to Accept Rejection and Reject Acceptance” – Ray Bradbury