12. You are special.
Walls exist to keep other people out. They are there for you to climb.
The whole edifice of publishing makes it hard to get a book out there because there are too many books written. The way to think about it is that the barriers to publication work to keep your competition out. The walls work for you.
The walls are there for you to prove how badly you want it. They are there to get almost everyone to quit. That’s the purpose, and if you want to write for publication badly enough, you’ll learn how to overcome the barriers.
Desire, as I said in the last lesson, isn’t enough. You aren’t special in the sense that you get published because you are who you are. You get published by learning the game and playing to win.
You have an immaculately prepared query letter. You have a synopsis polished to a shine. Your MS is not only finished but as free of errors as you can make it. You have revised it so many times you can’t remember. You work, and work, and work.
The ability to work hard and adapt is what gets you over the walls. Not being you, but doing what you need to do to get where you want to be.