Two years ago I posted a blog entitled Flower Sparks Hope. There was a picture of an orchid which had bloomed repeatedly for the several years I cared for it. This year that same orchid is blooming from more than one branch and it has many more blooms than ever before, so I borrow from an old cliche, "Hope Springs Eternal" and so does my orchid.
Two years ago, I was hoping that a book I had just finished would be snapped up by the publisher of my four previous books in print, but that didn't happen. The publisher went to publishing only one genre, mystery, and my romantic suspense novel didn't work for them. I was very disappointed to say the least, but I wasn't about to give up. It sat for a while before I attempted to submit it elsewhere. I won't name the publisher, but the next one sat on it for six months before telling me the line I designated was not right for it , but I could try another of their imprints. No thankyou, I said, and submitted it to a different publisher right away. You know the game, wait and see, but I made a decision that if it was rejected I would epub it myself. I am now trying to convince myself to go ahead with that plan.
I dug in my heels, edited and polished and knew that my book was the best it could be. In fact the publisher who rejected it said "this doesn't work for us, but you are a fine writer and I invite you to submit to us again." It gave me hope once more.
I quote Barbara Tuchman, pulitzer prize winning author of The Guns of August : "Books are carriers of a civilization. They are companions, teachers, magical bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." considering that magnanimous quote also gives hope, so perhaps you will see SAFE HARBOR in some form soon.