Thursday, April 9, 2015

Never Give Up

Terry Burns reminds us why it is important to never give up . . .

"I was asked the one piece of advice that I would give new writers who want to publish, and I responded, 'Never give up!'

As a nation, we've gotten to the point where we want it all, and we want it right now. This same attitude is a real problem in those who are trying to get their first work published. Getting published is like assembling a puzzle, all of the pieces have to be in place or the puzzle can’t be completed. As I said above, there are so many things that have to be there for a submission to be successful.

The hard news is that 85% of all manuscripts are rejected because all of the puzzle pieces are not there. It probably has nothing to do with the quality of the writing, though that is one of the puzzle pieces, and it surely isn’t a personal rejection because they don’t know us well enough for it to be personal. Yet too many do take it personally, get their feelings hurt, and quit trying."

Read the entire article, "My Advice," here.

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