Monday, November 10, 2014

What Do I Say to a Potential Client? By Linda S. Glaz



What do I say to an awesome author when new authors are so difficult to place? “Gee your writing is so good, but no way will I be able to place it.”
That has been the reality here for a bit. And I’m beginning to feel like the proverbial broken record, but the fact is new authors are tough to place. Exceptional as they may be.
Do I tell them to give up and keep the day job?
Absolutely not. Dig in harder and most important of all—keep writing. Keep doing what you feel called to do.
A writing career rarely happens overnight. It takes work, very hard work, and perseverance.
So what do I say to a potential client? Keep writing, never give up. If you are called to write, persevere until it hurts. But never give up.

14 comments:

Linda Glaz said...

Some days, I really feel as if I am called to be a cheerleader in this business. And I'm grateful for that. I love to encourage amazing writers who I don't want to see give up! Imagine how sad if the many amazing authors out there had decided not to write after the first rejection.
Louis L'Amour, Dr. Seuss, Zane Grey, CS Lewis, Margaret Mitchell, William Golding, HG Wells, Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, Mary Shelley, and Nicholas Sparks. And this is just a drop in the literary bucket. Be thick-skinned and continue on! Never Quit!!!

Linda Glaz said...

Alex Haley, Norman Mailer, Mary Higgins Clark. All thick-skinned and never gave up!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Linda - you and Winston Churchill got it right.

Linda Glaz said...

ha-ha. I guess I'm in good company!

C. Kevin Thompson said...

I was told Madeleine L'Engle's book, "A Wrinkle in Time," only sold 6 copies its first year. Discouragement comes in all shapes and sizes, huh? Especially in this business. "Never give up! Never surrender!" (GalaxyQuest quote of the day) :)

Linda Glaz said...

Absolutely, Kevin! I totally agree. Louisa May Alcott was told to "stick to teaching" and her books are still selling well 140 years later. Opinions are like...well...we all know. And it only takes one good one to get a book out there.

Deborah D. Harper said...

Thanks, Linda... I really needed to read this today. Getting a bit discouraged and even though I know it's all in God's good timing, I'm still a weak (and impatient and whiny) human being! As always, you've cheered me up.

Blessings,
Deb

Linda Glaz said...

I'm right there with you. I whine each day. My own work. My clients', but I try to remember these other amazing authors who, decades ago, way before ebooks, were going through the same rejections. God knows. He always knows!

Rick Barry said...

Resolution: Never give up. Never surrender.

Second resolution: To keep practicing the craft so each new manuscript will be better than the one before and thus harder to reject.

I know... easier said than done. But the doing starts with the resolution, or nothing will happen.

Linda Glaz said...

Amen, Rick. Especially never quit writing, you will only get better and more prepared for the next round!

Anne Garboczi Evans said...

Thanks for the encouraging words! :)

Linda Glaz said...

We all need encouragement!

Jackie said...

Thanks for the reminder not to give up!

Linda Glaz said...

You bet, Jackie. It is so important. A writer never knows what response might be waiting for them just around the corner. Perseverance!