Developing Resilience

ResilienceI’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview:

I do a lot of reading around the web and I devour business-related books and blogs. One of the themes that is arising again and again lately, in all the business literature, is resilience. More than ever, employees, entrepreneurs, and entire companies depend for their survival on resilience — the ability to bounce back from failure, to recover from setbacks or disappointments.

Writers are no exception. Resilience is something we all need to develop. This isn’t just one more thing we’re telling writers they have to do or have to be. It’s not personal. Resilience is an ability that everyone, everywhere — at least anyone trying to make a living — needs to develop if they want to pursue success.

In today’s business environment, things change rapidly. Bombshells are everywhere. Publishing is simply part of the larger picture of a volatile environment. Rather than wring our hands when publishers’ imprints shut down, or when our books don’t become bestsellers, or our queries don’t garner the responses we hoped, we have to bounce back. We must refuse to be deterred by setbacks.

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Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  2. Thomas Gillis on August 3, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    Love the Whole Concept because is true in any area of Life where you choose to pursue excellence, marriage, sports, writing !!

  3. Michelle McGill Vargas on August 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Attending writer conferences and participating in critique groups have helped developed my resilience

  4. melanie schulz on August 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Resilience is hard- that’s probably why it’s so rare.