For my recent birthday, one of my friends gave me this button. And I laughed out loud when I saw it and wore it proudly all day long. Putting aside the humor, I think it holds an important message, and no it’s not that I expect people to curtsy when they see me. That would actually probably get old after awhile…or maybe not 🙂
What I think it conveys is the idea that attitude affects everything in our lives. And I don’t mean having AN attitude, but rather, our attitude overall. Like believing in yourself. This can hold true in writing as well. When someone types the first word of the first sentence of the first paragraph of the first chapter of the first book they ever attempt to write, that is a HUGE leap of faith. Deep down that person pushes aside the idea that they CAN’T write a book. And they believe that it CAN be accomplished. Their attitude allows them to continue writing their story until they type ‘the end’.
Then that belief in themselves pushes them to edit and edit and edit and then send it out to agents and editors. At this point in the game, if you don’t have attitude you’ll never survive the rejection! And when the book is contracted with a publisher, or you decide to self-publish it, attitude rules the day again because your baby is going to get a makeover whether you think it needs one or not.
And now you are finally ready to release your book into the world. Can attitude be tucked away for another day?
You need attitude to help you succeed in the publishing business. So when you stumble and fall you can pick yourself up, and brush yourself off, and use it as a learning experience for the next time.
Keep all this in mind when you’re talking yourself out of trying something new. Attitude does make a difference. Honest. Your queen wouldn’t lie to you about something this important.