It was 1997 when I finished the artwork for, "Dare the Dream Ambrosia". I was so excited to introduce Ambrosia Nittie and her friends from around the world. I submitted the manuscript to 26 publishing companies. I waited with baited breath for my calls to pour in. One by one, they all responding with resounding NO's. I was devastated. I didn't quite understand. This is what I was destined to do. I had been writing and drawing since I was 6 years old. I published my first major article in the 4th grade. Did they know how much time I spent laboring over the dreams my character would explore? They had no idea the amount of research I put into making sure I understood the consistency of clouds or the exact location of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They must not know who I am - I thought proudly to myself. I will publish it myself.
I printed 1000 copies of my book and I went for it. I threw myself into the world of self publishing full speed ahead. This was my shot to, "show them". I was going to be on the New York Times best seller and they were going to learn about me.
Well...that didn't happen - then - but I never gave up. I made a decision that, "if it is to be, it's up to me". While I had to shelve my dreams for a season, the taste of my very own YES lingered in my minds palate. I was determined not to wait for anyone to tell me YES but to go get it myself. I wasn't willing to wait any longer.
How long are YOU willing to wait?
Is there anything that you are waiting for the "right" moment to get started?