As Ronan Keating said Life is a Roller Coaster you just gotta ride it. Whilst I can not know for sure what motivated this particular set of lyrics I guess what he was really saying is that in life there are going to be ups and downs and there is no use fighting it so you might as well enjoy the ride. That's a lot of clichés to start a blog with, I'm aware. The trouble with a cliché is that often it comes into existence because there is a little truth to it.
This week I received my first rejection from the query process and it sucked. Now I’m not deluded of course I expected rejections, I don't think anyone in the history of writing has had everyone they queried say yes. The truth is that no matter how aware I was of this inevitability I still didn't like it. And for everyone out there saying I'm not sure you're meant to - I know.
Just over a year ago I put into motion the plan to change my life and do the one thing that I've always wanted to do - become a writer. Now you could say that as I've written a book I have achieved that goal. I would for the most part agree with you there but there was a secondary goal there too and that was become a published writer.
The second part of my goal is some what not entirely in my control. I strongly believe that no matter how good a book is or how talented a writer may be there is still an awful lot of right place right time involved. I’m hoping that my query has landed on someone's desk at the right time.
I'm a little bit old school and traditional publishing has always been preferred route. However at the same time I am fascinated by the evolution of self publishing and remain in admiration of Indy writers that take that option. In fact there have been plenty of times that I've wondered that it might be more alluring than traditional publishing.
It turns out Ronan is right life is a bit of a roller coaster and I'm not ashamed to say there's been times when I've had to cover my eyes. It might make me feel sick sometimes but at least I got on board and that's a lot better than watching it go by from the side lines.