I subscribe to Nathan Bransford’s blog, who, for the uninitiated is an agent at Curtis Brown. His post on 'Frustration' was interesting this morning, not to mention relevant, and I have blatantly plagiarised it here:
There are more books than slots at publishing houses, and that's the case now more than ever. Frustration happens. It's the nature of life in the book funnel.
It's also just built into the business. When you hear about a publisher jumping from $2.5 million to $3 million in an auction for a celebrity book, it's easy to think, "Uh... that publisher just nickle and dimed my client and refused to give them even $1,000 more when they really deserved it. And they passed on another project because they didn't want to take a risk on a debut. But they won't even blink at jumping $500,000 in an auction for a book about Paris Hilton's Chihuahua?" (Okay, it is kind of a cute dog. Also I'm kidding, that's not an actual book. Yet. UPDATE: Oops! Yes, it is.)
And no, I’m not putting the link in. Anyone interested in that subject wouldn’t be here!!
He goes on to say that it’s easy to let becoming published become your entire life . Writing is time consuming, let alone the promotion, blogging, agent research, publishers and the industry news to keep up with. Combine that with a day job – or even a life, and there’s nothing left in either time or energy.
He says publishing cannot be everything – so take a break and when you come back, you’ll be refreshed and perhaps even with new ideas.
Good advice, Nathan – now all I have to do is follow it! And the picture - doesn't mean a thing but I like it.