Writers serious about securing an offer of representation or a publishing contract need it if they’re to achieve their goals.
The path to publication is, for most of us, a journey that will span a number of years. There will be dead ends, disappointments and delays. We can fall prey to doubts and discouragement.
What keeps us forging ahead when progress seems slow and our goals elusive?
A steadfast determination to succeed.
Many dream of selling a book but give up when they encounter hardships. Those who stick with it, keep writing despite the rejections, and hold out hope when things seem hopeless are often the ones rewarded in the end.
This week I was overjoyed to celebrate with my friend T. Anne Adams. She received an offer of representation from her Dream Agent (and mine) and is now my agency mate.
T. Anne shared the story of what led up to Rachelle’ Gardner’s offer of representation in a heartfelt and honest post on her blog, White Platonic Dreams.
I was struck by T. Anne’s perseverance. Here are the facts:
- She began writing in 1996 – 15 years ago
- She signed with an agent in 1998 but found herself without an agent two years later when other clients sued the agent for nonpayment
- She completed 13 novel-length stories before receiving Rachelle’s offer
- She received over 150 rejections, including three from Rachelle
- In May 2010, T. Anne won a phone call with Rachelle in an auction to raise funds for the Nashville flood victims and received a request for a full
- In June 2010, Rachelle said she wanted to discuss representation when she wasn’t as busy
- T. Anne waited seven months for the offer to be finalized and announced her BIG news on Monday, January 10, 2011
- A cyber celebration ensued
T. Anne is an example of perseverance personified, but she’s not alone. I’ve interviewed over 200 novelists and am encouraged by their tales of tenacity. They believed in their dreams and didn’t give up. We can choose to follow their lead.
Here are two great articles from Rachelle’s blog that address the importance perseverance pays, which I found inspiring.