You can only really appreciate that constant dripping if you own a home that’s over 160 years old. The plumbing is almost 80 years old, and replacing washers and the like is no simple task. Few hardware stores carry the kind of replacement products that you need. So you wait it out as long as you can stand it. Drip. Drip. Drip. Like Chinese water torture. Drip. Drip. Drip.
And what has that to do with writing? I’m glad you ask. Getting published is very much like the dripping of our ancient faucets. You write your book, shop it around, and drip, drip, drip. You wait, wait, wait. Patience as you live through weeks, months, years while you continue the wait, wait, wait.
Is every plumbing problem capable of being fixed? No. Some will require an entire rip out and replacement. Will every single writer who has a book ready get published? No. I realize that isn’t what anyone wants to hear, but it’s a fact. Everyone will NOT be published. Even those with amazing books might miss out. So what’s a writer to do? Everything you can to increase your chances.
Be sure that what you are shopping around is the best that it can be. Use the right tools: be sure you have honed your craft. Get the correct replacement parts: take classes, join organizations. Get help if you’re unsure of the procedure: utilize critique partners. Most organizations will hook you up with folks to help you as you help them to get it all right. Make the repair: write, rewrite, and write some more. Once finished, you’re one step closer to stopping the drip. Your chance is better than ever to get your work accepted.
Drip? Drip? Drip? Turn your water torture into a contract by getting as much ‘right’ as you possibly can.