Guest Post – The Art of Patience
First and foremost, Nori, thanks so much for hosting this amazing blog series! I’m so excited to be sharing a platform with awesome talent. 2018 is going to be epic.
‘My So-Called Bollywood Life’ comes out in May of 2018 with Crown Books for Young Readers and it’s about a Bollywood loving Jersey girl who finds herself at odds with destiny. I came up with the concept for it when I was still in law school, but didn’t start writing the story the story until I entered an M.F.A. program at Wilkes University at which time I had to complete a novel-length piece as part of my thesis.
That was in July of 2013.
I finished the book in 6-8 months, sold movie writes to Bend-it Films (Gurinder Chadha) and Storefront Pics (Susan Cartsonis). Two months later, Crown Books for Young Readers picked it up.
That was May of 2014.
My book underwent revisions that I started working on at the end of 2014. By then I knew a 2016 release date wasn’t going to happen. And because I have an editor who saw more in me than I saw in myself, those revisions continued through 2015. And 2016. And 2017.
My book will come out 4 years after I’ve sold it.
For those of you know the publishing industry, that’s twice the length of time it takes to revise and publish a book. I was so scared and worried that my book was never going to happen. I didn’t recognize it anymore after I’d rewritten it again and again and again. The cover changed 3 times and the title changed just as many. Authors who sold with me had already published their second books while I was still between concept edits and line edits. It was as if I was stuck in time while everyone else was moving ahead of me.
It took a while, but with the help of my editor, my agent and some fantastic friends, I’ve somehow managed to master the art of patience.
What is the art of patience? Well, I’ll tell you.
It’s knowing you can’t change what is or what will be. It’s understanding that some things are out of your control. It’s identifying the time that you spend worrying about ‘missing out’ and redirecting it towards more productive and positive actions. And most importantly, it’s focusing on the ‘why of the wait’, or why you’re waiting in the first place.
In my case, things started clicking for me in October of 2016. Instead of focusing on when my book was going to hit the shelves, I started to think about ways that I could promote ‘My So-Called Bollywood Life’ when it finally happened. That’s why I’ve set up a Zazzle store. I found a wonderful graphic designer in India who does some amazing work, and in partnership, we’re creating the ‘Winnie Mehta Bolly-boutique.’ The store will house fun swag that I used to spend my childhood looking for to exclaim my Bollywood fanaticism. By the time I was done creating and implementing my idea, I’d reached the copy editing phase in my publishing process.
Then, in an effort to connect with readers who love Bollywood just as much as I do, I compiled a list of all of the Bollywood movies that I love, and after mentioning it to my editor, we’ve decided to include it in the back of the book! My compilation will be available to anyone who buys the novel so that they can check out some great Bollywood films.
Once I got my head out of my butt, and accepted that my journey was going to be different than everyone else’s, my productivity went through the roof. I see a lot of people, both in my day job and in the publishing world, who panic because something that they’re waiting for hasn’t come through on time. I still panic sometimes in those situations. But remembering what the end result will be, focusing on the ‘why’ of the wait, that’s what helps me practice the art of patience. I’m so grateful for those of you who have been cheering me on over the years (thanks, Nori!). You’ve also kept me going while I’ve to share my story with you. I hope that my hard work make you proud.
2018, baby. Here we come!
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