I just happen to be looking at a January 2007 blog entry. It was after my first handful of editor rejections.I am glad I had no idea how many more there would be. I said this:
The thing is, all I can do in order to further my progress is write the best books I'm capable of. The rest has to take care of itself. I've made the professional decisions that I needed to make.
It's interesting to see that, really, nothing has changed. I am dying to hear that my book is going to break out. That I've gotten some crazy award or awesome review or that Walmart is picking it up or that Scholastic Book Fairs want it or that I sold foreign rights in a country I've never been to.
But it's all out of my control. Just like selling my first book. All I can do is keep writing the best books I'm capable of and keep making the right professional decisions and keep hoping.
So there you go: No matter where you are, focus on what you can control. You can wish and hope, but you can't change anything--except for the material you put out into the world.