Well, it’s time for another round of critiques, but I’ve decided to do things a little differently this month. I know that the writing journey is hard and long. We’ve all heard the stories about writers who submitted their stories over and over again, piling up insane rejection amounts before hitting the big time. Authors like…
- Kathryn Stockett, whose book “The Help” was rejected 60 times.
- Louie L’Amour, rejected 200 times before he hit the jackpot.
- Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson, who racked up 134 rejections for “Chicken Soup for the Soul”.
- Beatrix Potter, whose “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” was rejected so many times that she eventually just published it herself. 45 million copies later…
The list honestly could go on and on. Success as a writer depends on persistence as much as it does natural ability and luck. So to honor this important trait, I went back and found our most dedicated Critique 4 U junkies, and I’ll be offering them the first page critique prizes for this month. Nicole Zoltack and Linda Andersen have entered 4 of the 5 contests, so they deserve a shot in the arm. The remaining winner was randomly chosen from those of you who have entered to win 3 times, and that lucky girl is Aften Brook Szymanski.
I hope by this post, you’re encouraged to keep trying. Hard work and persistence really do pay off. Keep at it, and I’ll see you next month! Winners, I’ll be in touch :).
Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.