Maybe it was just that I spent too much time online dating over the last year, but it seems I am constantly drawing analogies between the dating world and the publishing world. This last weekend, I attended a conference in Sierra Vista, AZ. That’s right, a city that exists south of Tucson. Things to know about Sierra Vista? There is a working oil well in the middle of town. Texas Roadhouse is very popular and will have a 20 minute wait on a Friday night even if you are a party of one. Also, the people of Sierra Vista are very concerned about a party of one and will make every effort to provide you with discount food and snacks while you sit alone at your table. Sierra Vista is not a place for those who prefer to dine alone and uninterrupted. People in Sierra Vista are unlikely to subscribe to the Matthew McConaughey way.
But I digress.
The reason for this post is to share my analogy. For your consideration, I submit
“Publishing is like online dating—it’s awful. You put yourself out there and you get rejected. You go home, you eat a bowl of ice cream, and you cry. And you pull yourself together and you try again. But just because your date didn’t work out, doesn’t make you a bad person. And just because your book wasn’t accepted, doesn’t make it a bad book. Book publishing, like dating, is about chemistry. You are looking for your soul mate…of publishing.”
That’s right. The soul mate of publishing.
Thank you, and goodnight.