If you've ever attended a writer's conference, it's not all that different. In a roomful of writers, there are dozens of stories:
The Easy Labor: Publication went smoothly. Timely contract, easy revisions, great publicity (by the way, in labor and in publication, this is rare).
The Long and Difficult Labor: It took years to secure an agent. Publishing houses turned up their noses. The house that finally bought the manuscript went out of business. In the complex business of publishing, it's a given that something will become a speed bump in the process.
The Home Birth: The writer who wants full control. Who isn't afraid of doing all the work themselves, and investing their money up front.
Infertility Issues: Those who have tried and tried, often spending lots of money in the process, and publication has not happened yet.
Why do we tell these stories?
- Because of a shared experience (or one we hope to share)
- To give others an idea of the road ahead (so they can choose it, or avoid it)
- To encourage others the way we were encouraged (somehow I did it--hang in there and you can, too)
Here's to a great labor story.