A little while ago, an idea for a children’s book came to me
I emailed a friend of mine who knew a children’s book publisher, and she put me in touch with someone.
Excitedly, nervously, I emailed this woman… and she replied saying she’d love to hear my idea, and see some of the work. I replied quickly with more of my idea, and she replied even faster, saying she loved it and to send it through when I’d worked on it a bit more.
In a flash of inspiration and intuition, a different idea came through to me, one that was already fully formed.
So in my next reply, I sent her that piece too, saying I’d also work on the first idea… but in the meantime, what did she think of this?
Not a word.
I waited one week, and then another. I emailed to check in. After all, our initial conversation had consisted of emails going back and forth faster than a tennis match.
And still… nothing.
My heart was sad, my mind confused, my ego bruised.
I wondered: If she loved my first idea that much, but hated my second, couldn’t she at least give me a chance?
I knew with the right opportunity, I could show her that my idea was worthy of sitting on the shelves.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that actually, it didn’t matter what she thought.
She was one publisher at one publishing house on one street in one city in this whole, huge world.
And I was one writer… with that same whole, huge world in front of me.
I decided to pick myself, choose myself, back myself… and while the children’s book idea has been put on the backburner for now, I know I’m not done with it. I know that by choosing myself, backing my idea, and doing the work, I can make magic with this idea.
And I know you can too.
I know you can pick yourself, choose yourself and back yourself, and I know you can make magic with your ideas too. (Whether that’s for a book, a business or anything else you’re creating.)
As you might have heard, I’m running a book-writing workshops, and I’d love for you to join me for the next one.
If you want more clarity on your book, confidence in your voice and ownership of your creative process, this workshop is for you.
I’m so excited to help you write your best book.