The One Thing Every Writer Needs to Publish

You are going to have to be tenacious.
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My writing journey is not your writing journey. I learned to format manuscripts as if everything was still being done on typewriters. We weren’t all using typewriters but even on home computers the goal was to create a manuscript that duplicated type.

Those days are long gone so if you are tying to break in now there is no point in doing exactly what I did. Even if you write magazine nonfiction, you are working to break in to a new writing world.

But there is one all important trait that I needed that you will need as well. Tenacity.

It doesn’t matter what you are writing, board books, audio, or self published young adult novels, at some point in time you are going to experience rejection. If you are attempting to place your work with publishers or sites or agents, you are going to hear the word no. They may ask you to submit more of your work. They may tell you that your work is without talent (yes, this does happen). Or they may not respond at all.

If you are self-publishing, you will also hear the word no. Bookstores may tell you that they don’t carry self-published work. The same response may come from libraries. But readers may also tell you no. Granted, that may not be what they say. They may say that your characters are flat and your plots are unbelievable. If you are writing a children, your book for teens is too easy and your book for gradeschoolers isn’t cautionary enough. Whatever! The important point is that you did it wrong and they are going to make sure that other potential readers know this.

No matter what it is that you write, if you plan on sending it out ito the world, there is one thing that you are going to need. Tenacity.

You are going to have to sit down and write after getting a bad review. You are going to have to put your work out there again after an agent says no.

Some of us find the grit to do this on our own. But many of us find a bit more grit by turning to our writing communities. Fellow writers understand rejection and they also understand how often you are going to have to try again.

Hint: That number is always one more time than you’ve already tried. That thought can be discouraging but there’s a plus side. When you have tenacity and you keep working on your craft, improving your skills, and sending out your work, you are going to hear yes. The trick is to keep going until you hear that response.

You can do it. We know you can.


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