Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Everything I read says that writers should have a blog. But, they don't say what the blog should contain. So, I'm going to wing it.

I have been proofreading and editing for a while now. Recently, though, I've tried my hand at writing. I've been published, and people have been encouraging. So, I've decided to expand that part of my freelancing business. Now I spend time thinking up ideas about what to write. My boss thinks I should expand into fiction, but I love nonfiction. Of course I don't know that one couldn't do both.

I'm leaving for the BEA in the morning. It's the first time I'll be attending anything like it. Unfortunately, I really would rather stay home. . .


Anonymous said...

Hope for the Hopeless Writer?

As the editor of Authorlink.com, I often see writers become devastated by publishers’ rejections. So, I want to offer a little hope for the hopeless. When I interview New York Times bestselling authors they frequently tell me how many times they have been rejected, and I am always amazed. Most of us believe that those who have made it to the big-time had an easy road.

Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult told me that “a great deal of being a successful writer is in believing in yourself in the face of repeated rejection.” She has been there. Lisa Scottoline, another Times bestselling author, said she went through five years of rejections before becoming published. Bestselling author John Connolly told me he received 70 or 80 agency rejections before being published. Joan Medlicott, author of the famous Covington Series, was rejected 24 times before breaking through. And then there are Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, co-creators of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, who were rejected by eight major publishers, and 22 smaller publishers. Their 75 titles have sold more than 80 million copies in 39 languages.

All of these writers agree that perseverance is the key to becoming published. I know! The all-new Authorlink.com, the place where editors, agents and writers get connected, has facilitated more deals for writers than almost any other similar site. So to those of you trying to break into publishing, I say, never, never, never give up! It’s possible to become published! I’d love to hear from you about your own trials and successes.—Doris Booth, Dbooth@authorlink.com.

SHBueche said...

Hi Ida, Thank you very much for inviting me to read these posts. Yes, the link worked and your posts are informative. As NF for kids writers, we need to stick together. Think I'll check out Authorlink (again) right now!