My mother accused me of having a pragmatic view of the word last night. At first, I took it as a subtle insult . . . you know maybe I could be a little kinder, gentler, softer-around-the-edges. After a bit of reflection, I began to understand that my rational, efficient, unidealistic view of the world is what has enabled my to stay sane on this crazy publishing journey.
In order to survive with your ego intact, in order to even contemplate the traditional publishing route, you need to have a pragmatic view of the world. Let's face it, the hard fought yeses in this industry often come on the heels of twenty no's. Whether it be the chapter you spent hours slaving over for a CP to come back and say "yeah . . just not feeling it" or the query rejection that greets you every morning. It could be the four pages of revisions notes that have you swearing and contemplating your value as a writer or the beta read in your inbox that is so flippin' fantastic that you don't ever think you can compete. It is those of us who shrug it off. Those of us that have the ability to put aside a manuscript that just isn't going to make it and start a new one. The ones that can burrow into a honest and harsh critique and pull out the what needs to be changed and tackle it that will eventually see success.
So I say look at the hand of cards you have been dealt today, pick out the one with the most potential, and play it for all the value it's worth. I already got mine picked out! And remember, tomorrow we all get a new hand.