Rejection and Triumph: 20 Years as a Pre-Published NovelistI'm off to Atlanta, Georgia for the Novel Experience Reader Convention, but I've invited Stephanie Faris to keep you all entertained and inspired with her story of the road to publication :)
“Pre-published.” That was what a romance novelist once labeled those of us who weren’t yet published. She
I was pre-pubbed for 20 years. Okay, so several of those years I was sidetracked, spending far too much time blogging on MySpace to a large readership. I also spent far too many years doing everything but writing—attending conferences, serving on the board of my local writers’ group, etc. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the process of learning to be a writer and far too difficult to face that blank page head-on.
Why am I now a published novelist? One word: perseverance. I was rejected over and over and over again. I spent more than a decade as a “pre-published” romance novelist and saw many of my fellow Music City Romance Writers members get published long before I was. But, when I really think about it, the successful writers were the minority. For every Trish Milburn, there were probably a dozen hopeful writers who attended meetings for a while, then vanished. Where did they go? Chances are, they moved on to another pursuit. Some of them may still have aspirations of getting a novel published…someday. It’s easy to procrastinate once you’ve felt the bitter sting of rejection.
Why did I keep writing? It’s part of who I am. I probably write 5,000 words a day as a blogger for marketing firms and online magazines located around the globe. Writing is as natural to me as breathing and, when you find something you’re good at, it’s pretty hard for someone to stop you. Especially if you’re stubborn!
My advice to anyone who feels that inspiration to write is to keep writing. Don’t let a form rejection from an agent or editor stop you—have enough queries out there that one rejection means very little. When you get a rejection, mark it on your spreadsheet and say, “Okay, who’s next?”
One rejection, two rejections, 500 rejections…it’s all one step closer to achieving your dream.
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Maddie Evans prides herself on being the gossip queen of Troy Middle School. She is the first person her classmates go to when they need the latest news on the ins-and-outs of TMS—and Maddie never disappoints.
Her best friend since birth, Vi, isn’t crazy about Maddie’s penchant for passing on rumors, but it’s never been an issue in their friendship. Until the day Maddie lets slip who Vi is crushing on—in front of her crush.
- Stephanie Faris's first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, is now available from Simon & Schuster's Aladdin M!x, with her second book, 25 Roses, coming out in 2015. She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary Agency. She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit her website: www.stephaniefaris.com
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