by Anna Bell
When it comes to getting a book deal, I really believe all that stands in your way is you. Okay, you need talent, and a bit of luck, but I think a lot of it comes down to your attitude and determination. With more ways than ever to get published, are you stopping yourself from realising your dream?
Over the few years I’ve been writing this column I’ve met lots of aspiring authors, both online and at writing related events. Quite a few of them have gone on to become authors who have either secured publishing deals or had successful self-publishing careers. What stood out about those who have succeeded is attitude. I got a sense when I spoke to them, or watched how they acted on social media, of how much they wanted it – how much drive they had and how determined they seemed to be. In contrast, I’ve met lots of authors who seem almost apologetic that they have something they want published, and many of those are still aspiring.
I realise that not everyone who is determined – or works ridiculously hard – to get published will. I’m not saying that it’s a guarantee. But what I am saying is that having your head in the right place and having a ‘can do’ attitude can only help. It’s about changing your thinking from ‘I want to be published’ to ‘I’m going to get published’.