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- blackabsynthe said:Dear mr. Gaiman, how do you cope with failure/making mistakes? I keep thinking that my mistakes are closely linked to my value as a person and therefore I am scared of doing anything in case i mees it up. Do you have any advice? Thanks for your time!
I keep making mistakes. I hope I learn from them. I hope I’ll keep making them until I die. They mean I’m out there doing something.
- “A candle loses none of its light by lighting another.”— Rumi (via atawdrydoll)
- captain-unbreakable said:Mr. Gaiman, I've heard you say before that "If somebody says something doesn't work for them, they are almost always right, but if they tell you exactly why, they are almost always wrong." Well, I'm a young author trying to get an agent for my book and I've got a dozen rejections under my belt so far. All of 'em are polite but brief things along the lines of "this doesn't work for me." So now I'm agonizing over what about my book or my query needs fixed, and I just don't know. Any advice?
Get someone — or more than one someones — whose opinion you respect to read the book. Then ask them to tell you when they lost interest, what parts...