I refuse to be daunted by the depressing numbers out there. Over on Elisabeth’s blog, she’s talking about HEA’s and heaving a Big Sigh over the likelihood of getting published.
But over on Ask An Author PRO, Liz Jarrett is sharing her wisdom on writing and mentioned how it took her 4 years of writing until her first sale. But she went on to say that of all the people she met in her first year in RWA who’ve worked hard at their writing and submitted a lot have gone on to sell. I don’t know how many that is, but even if it’s 3 out of 3, the key is they were determined and they were actively working toward publication.
Liz is also echoing a lot of the advice I’m getting in a workshop I’m taking this month, taught by Suzanne McMinn (Hi, Suzanne!)
I look at my own RWA group, GRW and am amazed at how many published writers there are in the group. And they’re active, giving mini seminars at the meetings, doing Ask an Author sessions, mentoring through the March workshop and giving critiques when judging the unpublished Maggie. With all that going on, GRW’s encouragement, Liz’s comments, and the affirmations homework from Suzanne I don’t see how I can be pessimistic.
I love to write. I’m going to make that sale! I’m going to be published.
Just watch me!
(How’s that Suzanne?)
>Ah, you are the eternal optimist. 🙂 I need to hang with you more often.But first, I’m going to go over and check out the AskAnAuthor loop and see just what she has to say. Although I have to admit, that’s very encouraging for those of us who are consistently putting ourselves out there.