Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Online Workshop!

Be sure to mark your calendars for October 20th for the Fall online workshop, from nine to noon. You'll need to be a member of the ning to participate fully.

Check the right column for details.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Perseverance

Being in the industry I'm in, I have a lot of friends who write. They're all in different stages of the process - some are published multiple times and have found homes with really good publishers. Others have had slightly less success and are perhaps looking for new ways to publish. Still others are just getting started with their first published books.

Most of them, though, are waiting to get that first contract. I have a number of friends right at this moment who are in negotiations to make that a reality. It's exciting for me to watch them, knowing that they've been working on their craft for years and years and are now getting to reap the rewards of their work. Many of my friends have yet to reach this stage, and sometimes wonder if they ever will.

There are a lot of similarities between the people in the first category and the people in the last category. They all study their craft and work hard to improve their skills. They all attend conferences, read helpful books, follow up on leads and connections.

The most important commonality they should all share is perseverance.

Some authors seem to hit the jackpot and make millions of dollars right off the bat. For most authors, though, it's a long, hard road to get where they're trying to get. If they have perseverance, they will eventually move from unpublished to published. If they give up, they never will.

I have some friends who have been writing for more years than I've even been alive. It takes a lot of guts to keep pursuing a dream for that long, and yet, they do, because they want it. Your ability to persevere is directly related to your desire. You've heard me talk about desire a lot - that's because I believe it's the key to just about everything. When you want something badly enough, you will have what it takes to persevere.

Hang in there. If writing is what you want to do, don't give up. Often the winners are the ones who held on to that rope the longest. And when that moment comes when you realize that you've reached whatever level of success is the most fulfilling to you, you'll know it was all worth it.