There are few overnight successes. Emerging as a published writer takes time, and patience. It also takes a belief in yourself. So you have been rejected. Okay. Just think of all the established writers who were rejected at the outset. As I said in the Janet Frame Memorial speech: “Many emerging writers are put off by the first rejections. They are in good company, though. George Orwell was told by one publisher he approached with ‘Animal Farm’, that it was impossible to sell animal stories in the USA. J.K. Rowling was told by numerous publishers that nobody wanted to read about a boy wizard. How wrong were they? This is one danger for the species called writers. It is all too easy to be put off. As a wise man said once: ‘The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.’”
The word ‘emerging’ brings to mind a butterfly which starts life as a tiny egg, which grows into a caterpillar, then a chrysalis which in time emerges as a beautiful butterfly. I don’t know if butterflies have patience and belief, but the process goes on regardless.
Thanks to Charmaine Jones for the photos