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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Don't Quit, or You Won't Get Published

Why keep writing if you get a hundred rejections or more? The answer is simple because if you quit you most certainly won't be published.  If you want your stories out there you have to keep writing.

I received over a hundred rejections from editors and agents before I was published.  It's depressing to get the 'big R,' but if I had quit with the story I'd receive 93 ( yeah, that's a lot) I would never have a book in print. 

It's tough and humiliating to get turned over and over.  You think you can't do it any longer.  You even want to crawl in bed and pull the covers over your head and never get up again.  It's excruciating to keep going.  If you stay with writing, it will get easier, but it's always going to be tough. 

"Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely." Quote by Jessamyn West.

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."  Quote by Richard Bach.

There are many people who are great writers, but they gave up because they were rejected. Life is tough, but if you want something you keep working. 

On September 13th, my book, A Fool's Fool came out in audio.  Here is the link: 

Tag:  Pranks are carried too far.

Blurb - Kathy O'Reilly, a strong-willed woman doesn't allow men to walk over her or anyone else.  When one of the co-owner's of Gagsters, Norm Jokes, is allowed to get away with playing pranks, she speaks up to her boss.

Jason Barrone, co-owner of Gagsters is attracted to his assistant and will not allow his best friend to cause him to lose her.  Jason wants them to be friends because he doesn't want to have to make a choice of who goes and who stays. 
Have a great Saturday.
Sandra K. Marshall


Amber Skyze said...

It's so true. I have a friend who had well over 100 rejections and she's now a NYT Bestseller. Don't give up!

Sandy said...

I know a lot of people who gave up, Amber. They were much better writers than me.

jean hart stewart said...

Good for you girl! So glad you kept going...

Mary Corrales said...

Great advice. It's amazing that no matter how many books you have out, you will still have to face the possibility of rejection with each new submission to a publisher.

Then again, what's life without a little fear. The pain is always worth it in the end when you see that book published. :)

Sandy said...

Thank you, Jean. I'm glad too.

LOL Mary, I love your comment, Then again, what's life without a little fear. I agree that you're always going to have to face rejection. Many authors have had 20, 30, 40 books out there, and then they get rejected. It's almost like starting over.

Tina Donahue said...

How right you are, Sandy. I attended an RWA convention a few years back and was seated at one of my publisher's dinners with a romance author (can't recall her name) who was boasting about all her novels. She claimed NEVER to have received a rejection. She appeared mystified that anyone else ever did. Everything she wrote from her first piece to what she had just submitted had been accepted. I figured she was delusional, drunk or had serious problems with the truth. Or maybe she owned her own publishing company. :)

Sandy said...

LOL Tina, I've heard authors say the same thing. It would be unusual if it did happen, but I suppose anything is possible.

Janice Seagraves said...

If you want to stay in this business you have to be stubborn and keep at it.

Good post.


Sandy said...

Thanks, Janice. Here I always thought it was persistence. lol I've been told I'm stubborn.

Elf2060 said...

Thanks for sharing and inspiring, congrats on your success!

Sandy said...

Thank you, Elf. I appreciate that you read this blog.

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