Like every shiny newbie, I submitted my first manuscript way too soon—like twelve seconds after I finished my first draft!
Yes, I’d like to go back in time and slap myself, but since that technology isn’t available yet, I will share these sage words from Ice Cube:
Rejections and lukewarm maybes soon followed, which I handled like a true champ.
After a period of self-reflection (another twelve seconds), I dug into my nearly yearlong revision with renewed vigor.
I worked that manuscript until I was agonizing over every single comma, and when it came time to submit, I was afraid to pull the trigger.
I felt like that Kenny Rogers song was mocking me.
But Kenny… I don’t know when to hold em’ or when to fold em’ or when to walk away or when to run…I just don’t know anymore!!!!
I’d done my best, but what if my best still wasn’t good enough?
That question haunted me.
After much prodding from my writing pals, I finally worked up the nerve to submit to five agents.
The following day, I had my first offer, and a few days after that, I had three more. Wait…it gets better… three weeks after that, I had a two-book deal with Putnam/ Penguin Random House.
Cue strutting music:
The moral of this story is: Don’t be afraid to take your time. Publishing will wait for you. Revise. Revise. Revise. And then revise some more.
Believe in your talent. Trust your instincts and NEVER GIVE UP.
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s. After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians.
She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Her debut novel Blood and Salt is expected September 2015.