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“A word of encouragement after failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success” – Anonymous
I’d been writing for five years and had four completed manuscripts yet had not sold a single word of fiction. The rejections came so fast I swear they hit me in the back of the head on the way home from the post office. I wondered if I’d ever be a good enough writer to sell a book. After the sale of an article for which I’d received $350 I was able to attend my first writers’ conference. Because of the conference, I had the opportunity to meet with an editor who had read the first fifty pages of my manuscript. I loved this story and felt it had all the elements of a wonderful romance. If this book didn’t sell I didn’t know that anything I wrote would.
To say the editor didn’t like my book is an understatement. In fact she said the best thing I could do with it was throw it in the garbage.
Devastated, I decided that I should give up trying to sell adult fiction and write children’s books instead. I attended a workshop for children’s books and the author said something that I’ll never forget. “Your book has a home. Your job is to find it.” That little bit of encouragement is all I needed. I grabbed hold of it with both hands and clung to it as I submitted the very manuscript that had been so brutally rejected. That book, Heart Song became my first sale. Heart Song found a home with Simon & Schuster. That small encouragement meant everything. I believe if I had given up, and surrendered to defeat as a writer I would have lost a piece of my soul.
“Be an encourager. Scatter sunshine. Who knows whose life you might touch with something as simple as a kind word.” – Debbie Macomber