Aspiring Authors, Don’t Give Up!

I know first hand how despressing it can be to get any form of the “thank you, but no thank you” letter from an agent or publisher. For some, it motivates them to try harder. For others, it entices them to give up. I’m not going to tell you I haven’t experienced both feelings, because I have. The difference is that everytime I “give up” a few months later, I’m “write” back at it. It’s not because I CAN’T take no for an answer, it’s because I REFUSE to. Someday, I will be published and so will you. You not only have to believe that, you have to live like you believe it.

Here are some things to think about/do while you’re waiting to be published.

10. It takes time. Patience is a virtue. Develop some.
09. Use the time to perfect your skills. You’ll appreciate that later.
08. Agents can only take on so many clients at a time. You’re not the only one trying to break into the business.
07. Writing is subjective. Not everyone will like your work, no matter how good it is. Seek those who will.
06. Gain a better understanding of your target audience.
05. Come up with a premise for your next story. Don’t wait for the first one (or the 2nd or 3rd) to be published.
04. Consider a different genre. Broaden your horizons. You just might be good at something else.
03. Get critiqued by several different people. Somebody will surely see something you don’t.
02. Read
And the number one thing you should do while waiting to be published is…Drum roll please……
01. WRITE!

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