I went to the pool last night. I didn't go in immediately. I sat in my car and watched the ten or so new ladies, all with their bright new gym bags, and undoubtedly new swimsuits, march inside the building. I'm betting they all had great big resolutions--to get fit. To lose weight.
Those are great goals. I made a similar resolution back in September.
I've been going to the pool three times a week, rain, snow or shine. I do my crunches and my frog jumps and my laps. Because I have to to reach my goal. I have to do the work.
That line of new swimmers reminded me of the rush to new pubs that always seem to come around this time of year. In the last couple of months, I had two newbies ask me to read for them. I did. The work wasn't horrible. Both had promise. But each needed a lot of work.
Both writers have quit.
Packed up their manuscripts and gone home.
You see, they were unwilling to do their crunches and laps and frog jumps. They wanted it NOW.
Publishing is a lot like exercise...lotsa laps, crunches and frog hops. A few setbacks...and a lot more work.
Keep at it long enough, though, and you will succeed.