Yesterday, Brenda Minton got a call she's been waiting years for. Harlequin Love Inspired has offered her a contract for her book ROSE COLORED GLASSES, which has been scheduled for release sometime in the summer 2007.
How cool is that?
Really, really cool. You see, she's been writing for years, submitting for years. Getting rejected for years. A few months back she made her very first sale and she was excited. Rightfully so. But she still wanted to be a Love Inspired author. It was her dream, her goal, her passion. In the years since we met, I've ridden the ups and downs of the publishing world roller coaster with Brenda, watching as editor after editor nibbled on a manuscript, seemed to like the taste, only to take a bigger bite and spit the whole thing back out. Did Brenda whine? Did she complain? Did she talk about quitting?
Of course she did. But then she got back in there and tried again. And again. And again.
And she didn't just try. She worked. She studied. She applied herself to the craft of writing and the art of storytelling. She didn't just talk about writing, she wrote. Because of that, she has become what she's always dreamed of being.
Which brings me to the title of this blog. What does it take to get published? It takes hard work, persistence in the face of adversity, self-discipline, a teachable spirit. And it takes failure.
Yes, as painful as it is to admit, most of us won't sell our first manuscript (as Brenda Coulter, another Love Inspired author did). Most of us will be rejected once, twice, twenty times. To succeed at writing, we must be willing to fail. Sometimes more than once. Sometimes so many times that we're raw and wounded from the experience. Then, raw and wounded or not, we've got to be willing to get up and go after the dream again. Just like Brenda did. Just like so many other authors have.
To get published we've got to be more afraid of not succeeding than we are of failing.