Friday, April 22, 2016

Short, Sweet and Inspiring

So, apologies from me today. My blog is a short one, what with attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and so much work I don't know where to start, but I do hope inspiring, nonetheless.

If there's one thing I've learnt, heard and digested time and time again from published authors, experienced editors and supportive literary agents, is that not a single writer has landed a book deal without one essential element. And what do you think that ingredient is, people?

You got it...



And even when that contract has been signed, the persevering doesn't stop. Only those authors, proactive and hungry for success, who work tirelessly building connections, supporting fellow writers, conversing with book bloggers, reviewers, readers and new contacts are the ones who reap the rewards.

And we're not talking a few months of hard work; we're talking years and years of relentless effort, digging deep into their reserves for what's left of their hope. Through those low, depressing moments when they no longer believe in themselves or their work; during those times when they're ready to give in to the slow progress they make; when an attack from the green-eyed monster hits; when sales cease and confidence hits an all time low; when the rejections flood in; when the 1 star, hard hitting review comes in for EVERYONE to see. And on and on through the dark times of a creative.

WE ALL HAVE THESE TIMES. But if you give up when one hurts so bad, then you could just be about to walk right past the next door of opportunity.

Never give up. Put your party face on every day, and throw yourself, heart and soul, into everything you do. If you can't face your own writing, then support another author with theirs. We're in this together, and helping others might be the key to unlocking more of that precious commodity we all possess called hope. Luck and timing play a part in all we do, but we are the drivers of our destiny vehicles, no one else.

So stop whining, stop wishing, stop giving up. Get out there, get positive, pick yourself up and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

And to close, here's the coolest high five I have ever seen!

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