Happy New Year – Again!

2018 spat me into 2019 before I felt ready! The good news is now I’m ready! So, belated New Year greetings!

I have a plan for 2019, well sort of. I slumped my way towards the end of last year after an action packed Spring, Summer and Autumn. I don’t have a crystal ball but this year is not about puppies or kittens or any other sort of fluffy fur-balls as far as I’m aware. This year is about my writing. Thanks to my wonderful diary courtesy of Charlie at Urban Writers Retreats I can hold myself to account. I shall be either patting myself on the back, or slapping myself around the face, depending on how things are going! I’m happy to report so far no faces have been slapped! 🤣 Happy New Year!

Movin on Up ~ Driving Your Story Forward

    We have all been there haven’t we? You are merrily munching your way through the first few chapters of a book that has sat on your TBR pile for a while and then it hits you…. boredom! Yep, mind numbing ‘I’d rather be anywhere but here’ boredom. Like a beautiful car which has been filled with the wrong fuel, the story splutters and then comes to a grinding halt. I have kicked myself so many times for playing the martyr and plowing through to the bitter end only to kick myself a bit more for even bothering to finish it. On reflection what a lot of these books had in common was simple – a soggy middle. At the beginning I’m intrigued, the writing is good and has me turning the pages with glee and then, somewhere, somehow, the tension is lost and the story becomes like a slow moving stream, no I correct myself more like a stagnant pond! Nothing is moving, the characters are not under any sort of pressure to do anything or see anyone, they are just… well they are just there! I don’t know about you but I don’t want ‘just there’ when I’m reading a novel, I can watch TV for that. I want empathy and commitment, as much from the characters as from myself. Commitment comes from making decisions, if nothing is happening no commitments are being made. All of this equals boredom for me, the reader. Don’t get me wrong I am not proposing that there should be twists and turns on every page but the story does need to move forward. Sadly this vacation I have read two such books.

     Sitting here in the Mallorcan sun (photos to follow), I am struck by how important and methodical the editing process needs to be. I don’t want my books to be considered boring and I definitely don’t want a soggy middle! I am the first to admit I write too many words sometimes. Which is why I need to be strong and robust (like a good cup of coffee) when it comes to editing my own work way before an editor gets sight of it.

    I’m sitting poolside trawling my way through the draft of my next novel and three things strike me:

    – Who the hell wrote this?

    – Oh, that’s rather good 

    – What a load of tosh!

    It’s the ‘what a load of tosh’ that is bothersome. These are the sections where I need to channel a high court judge and become harsh but fair! Sometime the ‘tosh’ can be salvaged, sometime not. If there is a meaningful reason for the words to be there I will play around with them. If, however, they are acting as fillers for the main act then they have to go. No ifs, no buts, they must be crossed through with a red pen never to be seen again.

    I have asked myself the same question over and over today – what would happen if the words weren’t there? If I can not defend them then they have to go !

    I am doing well arguing with myself, although the lure of the pool is proving powerful! One more chapter then time for a swim….

    Wednesday Spotlight ~ The Life We Lead: Ascending by George M. Nagle

    It gives me great pleasure to introduce a fellow member of Mystery Authors International George M. Nagle. Welcome George! If you like a good mystery with a dose of romance then read on…..

    NF: I hear you have a new book soon to be released? How exciting! Can you tell us a bit about it?

    GN:  The Life We Lead: Ascending is just the first in a series of what should be three books. At 425 pages, it is the shortest of the series and really the introduction to James, the group, Carissa and a whole cast of others. The Life We Lead follows James, the main character as he battles criminal syndicates while trying to have a normal life.  It is inspired by real-life events, however, names, places, timelines and such have all been altered.  This story has been 25 years in the making and certainly won’t disappoint with an incredible ending to the series.  It is based on the reality of spying, so the far-fetched gadgets and such like those found in James Bond won’t be appearing. It is a spy novel has lots of twists and turns that can make you laugh, cry, feel the characters outrage and even love.  The subtitle of the book is a clue to why it ends where it does too.

    NF: Wow, it sounds right up my street. 25 years is a long time, that’s a lot of research! Can you tell us a bit about the story?

    GN: The DEA, FBI, and CIA have failed for years to bring down the Spara family, who control the world’s largest drug cartel. A secret society of spies whose members are under the age of 25 will try to succeed where the government has failed.At only 21 years old, James is the most skillful member of this society. His new target is the Spara family. Through their relationship with Russia, the

    At only 21 years old, James is the most skillful member of this society. His new target is the Spara family. Through their relationship with Russia, the Sparas are the largest distributor of heroin in the world.  While beginning his investigation in Russia, James inadvertently saves the life of a former KBG officer who has a connection to the Tan family. This connection leads James farther into the heart of the criminal cartel.  However, the Tans have a dark secret of their own, which could jeopardize James’s perfect record and his tenure as a spy as he struggles to do what is right while protecting his family, friends and the love of his life.

     

    George has kindly allowed me to give you a taste of ‘The Life We Lead: Ascending’ ~

    Excerpt from Chapter 03

    [context:  James and Daen capture Nikolias after Petior has been abducted.]

    “You are our prisoner, but you are a captive of whatever group you…” Daen began, but Nikolias cut him off.

    “What makes you think I want to leave?” growled Nikolias.

    “When you help us, your bosses will not be too happy with you. You and your cousin will need to leave to survive,” replied Daen.

    “So he says,” Nikolias said curtly, with a head gesture towards James.

    “What did he say? Why did he just do that?” asked James.

    “Sounds like he doesn’t feel the need for our help. It seems he doesn’t want to, or have a reason to leave,” Daen replied, a puzzled look on his face.

    “I am no traitor, and I will die to help our fraternity and country. I am loyal and believe in things, unlike you American dogs,” Nikolias stated in English.

    James bowed his head, closed his eyes, and rubbed his left temple for a moment with his left hand. He dragged it down his face before speaking again.

    “Okay, tell us what the fraternity’s cause is. What’s so special about it that you’re willing to risk your life, your cousin’s life, because someone felt I disrespected them near a train?” asked James.

    Nikolias laughed. “We know you’re looking for drugs. You feel drugs are not disrespectful and destroying. You think we do not know that is why you are here? We see you peoples, and how you treat us. You all deserve death for your exploits on us, and our children.”

    NF: Thank you so much for joining me today George, it has been a real pleasure. If you too have been taken by ‘A Life We Lead: Ascending’ then grab yourself a copy – It will be released on September 26th in all versions. Buy links are below. Here’s wishing you every success.

    Check out this trailer for The Life We Lead: Ascending YOUTUBE

    About the Author:

    George is the 3rd of 6 children and grew up in western Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, his MSc in Biology and his MBA in Marketing and Management from Duquesne University. He is also a Master 5th degree black belt in the art of Taekwondo with Young Brothers in Pittsburgh. He currently in a global marketing and strategy professional in science industries. He also has one son, Matthew.

    To connect with George Nagle: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Amazon Author Page  Goodreads Author Page  Smashwords Author Page

     

     

     

     

    Friday Feature ~ Paradise Girl by Phill Featherstone

    Today I would like to give a warm West Country welcome to author Phill Featherstone and his novel Paradise Girl. Welcome Phill! As soon as I read the blurb for Paradise Girl I was intrigued! It is very close to the top of my TBR pile now… Can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you grew up and perhaps how this has influenced your writing?

    I grew up on the Pennines only a few miles from Haworth, where the amazing Brontë sisters lived and wrote. As a child and teenager I roamed the landscape, striding like Heathcliff (I liked to think ) over the peaty moors. After many years living and working in the south and the midlands I returned here, to my roots, and started writing.

    Heathcliff eh?… pondering… OK let’s move on.. have you ever had a job other than that of a writer?

    I took a degree in English and qualified as a teacher. I taught English in secondary schools, mostly to 6th formers. I’ve also been a taxi driver, worked in a store and sold ice cream (I was Mr Whippy!)

    Wow English teacher, now that’s a tough gig, all those teenagers! Yes a tough gig indeed! So tell us a bit about the inspiration behind Paradise Girl?

    I live on the hills overlooking a small town in the valley. In the summer of 2013 there was a power cut. The day was still and hot. I worked on my laptop until the battery ran down, then took a cold drink out into the garden. I settled on a bench and looked around, and it struck me: I couldn’t see or hear any movement. None at all, except for the silent revolution of the wind turbines on the opposite hill. There were no signs of life anywhere. It was as if the valley and all around it had gone into a state of suspended animation.

    I had a thought. Suppose there was no one else. Suppose everyone had disappeared – perhaps run away, been taken by aliens, or felled by some deadly virus. What would I do? How would I survive? Could I?

    The idea for Paradise Girl was born. All that was left was to write it.

    I’ve wondered that at times too, sometimes I think it’s a real possibility. What are you currently working on?

    I’ve just finished a new novel, called The God Jar. It begins with a young couple on holiday on the Cornish coast finding a mysterious jar. The action jumps back 400 years to the court of Queen Elizabeth I and to Dr John Dee, known as ‘the Queen’s magician’. We learn what the jar actually is, something of its potency, and how the Doctor used it to change the course of history.

    Back in the present, the couple learn that their find is very special. Others are interested in it and in the power it brings, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

    Oh, I think that’s called a time-slip mystery thriller, well that’s what I’m calling it! The God Jar sounds really interesting…em… I can see I shall have to decant my TBR pile onto the floor when The God Jar is released! Now talking of going back in time… If you could go back in time what would you tell your younger self?

    Start writing sooner. Don’t hang about or make excuses. Make time, make space, and get on with it!

    Really good advice Phill. I think I would tell myself the same thing! Thank you so much for joining me today. Phill will kindly be giving away a signed copy of Paradise Girl to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random. To give you a taste here’s the blurb followed by a snippet:

    Paradise Girl

    Paradise Girl is told through the diaries of 17 year-old Kerryl Shaw. The Shaw family live on a remote hilltop farm, and they think this will insulate them from a highly infectious virus which sweeps the country. It doesn’t, and with her family and all around her gone Kerryl finds herself alone. Her diaries show how isolation and loneliness affect her, and build to a dramatic conclusion on the northern moors.

    “…impossible to put down… writing of a high literary standard, with the kind of psychological depth which lingers in the mind long after reading.”

    Here’s the snippet:

    I messaged my friend Josie. No reply. I called her number but there was no answer there either. I wanted to go to her house to find out what had happened but Lander, my brother, said I was being selfish.

    ‘What happens if you catch the virus and bring it back?’ he said. ‘Do you want to infect all of us?’

    Of course I didn’t, but I was worried about Josie. I called Penny Cross. She lives in the same street as Josie. She said she didn’t know about Josie herself but she’d seen an ambulance outside her house. I said that might mean they were taking somebody to hospital.

    ‘No,’ she said, ‘nobody goes to hospital any more. They’re using ambulances for hearses now.’

    I called Steve. The picture kept jumping but I could see he looked awful. He said everybody was dying and the young people were having a ‘Death’s Doorway’ party. They were going to dance and drink and shag and get high until one by one they dropped. He said people were breaking into the stores and taking what they wanted and there was no one there to stop them. He said I should join him, because if you’ve got to go that’s the way to do it.

    He swung his phone in an arc. There were a lot of people in the street. Some of them were half naked, some had bottles, some were dancing. Several were lying on the floor, drunk or maybe dead. In the background a girl was puking up. It made me feel sick.

    I told Lander about the pictures. ‘Good for them,’ he said.

    I got angry then. How could he not see how awful it was? ‘Why don’t you go and join them if you think it’s so fantastic?’ I yelled.

    Lander and I seemed to be quarrelling a lot now. We didn’t used to, well, not as much. We might have gone on as we were for who knows how long. We might all have survived, because as long as we kept to ourselves how could the Infection get us?

    Bryst put an end to that. I don’t blame him. He didn’t set out with the intention of killing us. He was just looking for some way to save his boy.

    Wow, I can’t wait to read it. Once again thank you so much for sharing Paradise Girl with us Phill. Remember to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy please leave a comment in the box below.

    Buy Links:

    Amazon UK

    Amazon USparadise Girl

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    About the author

    Phill was born and brought up in West Yorkshire and trained as a teacher before reading English at Cambridge. He also has an MA in Education.

    Phill taught English in schools and colleges in London, Hampshire and Leicestershire and then spent five years as an education adviser for Northamptonshire Local Authority.

    In 1997 he and his wife, Sally Featherstone, started a publishing company specialising in resources for the early years. The company won the IPG Education Publisher of the Year award in 2007, and in 2008 the business was acquired by Bloomsbury Publishing. From 2008 until 2014 Phill and Sally ran a company providing training services for teachers. Since then he has spent his time on writing and conservation work. He has co-written with Sally several books for teachers and he now concentrates on fiction.

    When he’s not writing, Phill enjoys reading (of course), listening to music, going to concerts, galleries and the theatre, and playing the saxophone (badly). He lives in a farmhouse on the pennines overlooking the Calder Valley. Phill is a member of The Society of Authors.

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    Connect with author Phill Featherstone:

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    Friday Feature ~My Top 5 St Patricks Day Reads

    Another year, another St Patricks Day. Time to dye your hair green, kiss everyone in sight and drink yourself into the ground – no?

    Perhaps in my more youthful days that may well have been the case, thankfully no longer. I am grateful my youthful exuberence and inebriation were before the time of social media! What a lucky escape we have all had! These days, I am more inclined to read a good book with the obligatory cup of tea or glass of fizz, depending on the time of day. Given today is about all things Irish, I have focused in on Irish authors. Not the usual suspects of Joyce or Wilde but rather some I have come across by chance, and enjoyed most throughly. So for today I offer up to you my pick….

    Marian Keyes ~ Making It Up As You Go Along

    I absolutely love Marian Keyes! She makes astute observations about life and adds her own brand of wicked humour. Making It Up As You Go Along is a collection of personal stories told with brutal honesty.  They will have you nodding your head and laughing out loud. A great light read, be warned though there are moments of sadness too. Would make a fab holiday read.

     

    Marita Conlon McKenna ~ Rebel Sisters

    Shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Rebel Sisters tells the story of Gifford sisters – Muriel, Grace and Nellie growing up in a wealthy Dublin family around 1916. They are strong willed and independant. This book gives you a real insight into the lives of women who stood alongside their male counterparts in the struggle for Irish freedom. A historical novel well worth a read.

    Jennifer Johnston ~ The Old Jest

    I first read this book back in the 1990s and have recently revisited it. A compelling tale of 18 year old nancy caught up in ‘ the troubles’ of a 1920s Ireland. Johnstons’ writing is beautiful. She manages to evoke a true sense of time and place to The Old Jest. A beautifully written account about coming of age in a changing political landscape.

     

    Catherine Ryan Howard ~ Distress Signals

    I interviewed Catherine for my blog last year just before the release of her debut Distress Signals. You can find the interview here. If psychological thrillers is your bag then this one is for you. This debut has everything you could possibly want in a thriller – action, intrigue, lots of twists and turns. A veritable feast of page turning adrenaline! Short listed for the 2016 Irish Book Awards, Distress Signals follows Adam Dunne in his search for Sarah, his girlfriend who disappears whilst on a business trip to Barcelona. Throw in shinanigans aboard a cruise liner and you’re away! A great beach read.

     

    E M Reapy ~ Red Dirt

    Last but by no means least on my list is Red Dirt. Another stunning debut! Red Dirt is a contemporary novel which follows the lives of Murph, Hopper and Fiona. Keen to escape the Irish recession they travel to Australia. This is a book you will either love or hate. It is fast moving, gritty and hard hitting. Split into three sections each told from a different perspective, Red Dirt is not for the faint hearted. The main protagonists make some terrible choices – ultimately it is a story about responsibility. Like I said you will either love it or hate it. I loved it!

     

    So my lovelies, there you have it. These books should keep you out of trouble for a wee while! Have a fabulous St Patricks Day and happy reading!

    Have a Spare 10 Minutes? Do Something Amazing For an Author….

    How do you choose which books to read ? For me, it is a combination of word of mouth and checking out the books reviews.

    As a indie author, it is hard to get your voice heard in a world of ‘buy me’ noise. Trying to raise your lone voice above the big publishing houses and their vast budgets is an uphill struggle. Some days it can feel as if all I’ve done is beg people for reviews – How many times can you ask readers to leave a review before you feel as it you’re stalking them? It can be very disheartening!

    Some sites won’t even let you advertise your book unless you have a certain number of 4/5 star reviews. Did you know that over 85% of Kindle readers use reviews to ascertain if a book is suitable for them? The importance of reviews can not be overstated. It’s great publicity and helps like minded readers to connect. Ever seen those ads along the bottom of your Amazon screen ‘recommended for you’ or ‘based on your history you may like this’? These are not random choices put there by chance. They are cleverly calculated algorithms, based on reviews. It is all too easy to leave a review for something you didn’t like, I know I’ve done it! But… what about the things you enjoy, the things that exceed your expectations? How many of us leave reviews for the books we’ve enjoyed?

    The more reviews a book gets, the higher its visibility and ranking. The higher its visibility and ranking, the more people will read it. The more people who read it, the higher the sales. More sales = more reviews. So you see, it really is not rocket science!

    In an effort to redress the balance ever so slightly, I challenge you to do two good things this week. If you have recently read a good book – tell someone else about it. Secondly, leave a review on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be war and peace, just a few lines about why you enjoyed it. You don’t even have to use your name it can be anonymous. Your good deed will be gratefully received by all authors so go on be brave… you can do it! Do something amazing for an author this week.

     

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    Saturday Spotlight ~ Under Starry Skies by Judy Ann Davis

    Please join me in welcoming author Judy Ann Davis today and her novel ‘Under Starry Skies’.

    How did “Under Starry Skies” come about?

    I had worked in adult education and understood the value of reading and writing for all adults, the story of school teacher Maria O’Donnell teaching Indian Two Bears to read and write in 1875 seemed plausible for a storyline. Two Bears was a minor but favorite and humorous character in my first book, “Red Fox Woman.” I felt I had to bring him back in the sequel because readers fell in love with him and his humorous and wily disposition. They also fell in love with the youngest Ashmore brother, Tydall, who’s the story’s hero.

    Romance happens under Colorado’s starry skies.

    Blurb:

    Hired as the town’s school teacher, Maria O’Donnell and her sister Abigail arrive in the Colorado Territory in 1875, only to find the uncle they were to stay with has been murdered.

    Rancher Tye Ashmore is content with life until he meets quiet and beautiful Maria. He falls in love at first sight, but her reluctance to jeopardize her teaching position by accepting his marriage proposal only makes him more determined to make her part of his life.

    When their lives are threatened by gunshots and a gunnysack of dangerous wildlife, Tye believes he is the target of an unknown enemy. Not until Maria receives written threats urging her to leave does she realize she might be the target instead of the handsome rancher.

    With the help of Tye, Abigail, and a wily Indian called Two Bears, Maria works to uncover her uncle’s killer and put aside her fears. But will she discover happiness and true love under Colorado’s starry skies?

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    Picking the Perfect Book Title…. A Stress Most Horrid….

    I am at the stage where my second book is ready for editing (thank goodness for that I hear my long suffering family cry). I am clipping and chopping with gay abandon! But… and this is a very big hole in the motorway kind of but… until today I was not convinced I had the right title!! I thought I did, but the more I read, the more it made me wonder is it right??

    Many sleepless nights tossing and turning, I battled  with myself. The conversations always seemed to go a bit like this….

    Me 1: ” It’s a good title, go with it”

    Me 2: ” Yea but I’ve just read something that makes me think maybe I need to re think, does it say what I think it says?”

    Me 1: ” Derrr yes it does, go back to sleep you fool”

    I always came back to – does my chosen title have the  ability to convey the contents of the book? The more I read, the more tied in knots I got. With my debut novel it was never an issue. I always knew  All Tomorrow’s Parties was exactly the right title. No doubts could creep in, there were no cracks, period.

    Book two has been a different animal all together and, I know exactly why. Reading advice on ‘what makes a perfect book title’ is not bad per say, but, reading too much conflicting advice is. This is sadly where I lost 2 weeks of my much needed beauty sleep. I would read an article that would say ‘do it this way’. Then the next day I would read another saying ‘do it that way’. I was blissful in my ignorance with All Tomorrow’s Parties. Choosing the perfect title was not even on my radar. My confidence at finishing my debut novel, held my rose tinteds firmly in place.

    I have come a long way over the last year. Some of the advice I’ve received has been stellar.I have stored it away, much like a squirrel, digging it up when needed. Some of the advice however, should be buried and forgotten. All it does is confuse me! The conclusion I reached today was to make up my own mind! Of course, think seriously. View it from as many angles as you can and give it the attention it deserves. I believe most writers do this anyway. The title is a part of you, just like the contents.

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    So it is with much excite e mont and merriliciousness that I can announce I have made a final decizione! Fanfare please and a drum roll too… why not? There will be no more gnashing of teeth or tearing of hair. I am to stick with my original title and let it sing its beautiful song. My advice to you?  Ignore advice that confuses you and keeps you awake doubting yourself. It is your creation, the title is a beautiful part of your creative baby. Some will find your baby beautiful, others will think its ugly, no matter. All that matters is that you love it with all your heart.

    So I hear you cry – what is this title that has caused you so much angst?

    Ah, well…. that would be telling wouldn’t it?

    With a twinkle in my eye I am finally ready for a good nights sleep!

     

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    Never Give Up…. Dealing with Rejection

    Never ever give up…..

    Picture the scene….You have written what you believe is your masterpiece, you have honed it and polished it to within an inch of its life. You have drafted and edited and edited again. It is as good as it’s ever going to be. Now you release your baby out into the world to stand perilously on its own. If you have gone down the traditional publishing route, the following may sound all too familiar;

    It begins, the slow trickle or torrent (depending on how many you have sent out) of ‘thanks but no thanks’ letters. You will be in good company, there are lots of famously good authors whose books have received the same response. The question is – can you handle it? Are you prepared for dealing with rejection because the law of averages dictates this will probably be the case. Self doubt starts to creep in… should you give up? Are you a terrible writer? I’ll say it three times …. No no no. Never give up – ever. I read somewhere that the only difference between an amateur writer and a professional is that one of them never gave up!  I think there is a lot of truth in that. The fact that you even got around to sending out the letters in the first place shows that you have grit and determination, keep going. I have been pondering whether or not to go down the traditional route and still haven’t fully made up my mind. The publishing world is finally evolving and hybrid authors are finding a voice too.You can of course self publish, which I and many many other authors have done but this also comes with its own challenges –  you have to market, promote and be available to do all of the leg work a traditional publisher would do, however,this is a topic for another day. So let’s hypothesis – you have sent out the letters and now you feel as if you will crash and burn because the responses you received were, let’s say not what you were expecting. So, how do you deal with it? We have already established that giving up is not an option, so what do you do? For me I’ve narrowed it down to five simple bits of advice to reflect on:

    1.  Do not torture yourself. You write because it is your passion, because every bone in your body is screaming for you to write. Nothing has changed, I’ll say it again… Nothing has changed. Keep writing.
    2. Regard every piece of criticism as a gift. Whether or not you agree with it is something you will need to reflect on however, if someone has given you specific direction on characters or plot or anything for that matter (as long as it’s not personal or deliberately mean spirited) then they have done it to try to be helpful. They want you to do well. Take time to reflect on their comments and act accordingly, btw – that doesn’t mean throwing your toys out of the pram!
    3.  Make sure you fit the submission criteria. I know  it’s simple but so often overlooked.Check the website, if it clearly states ‘ no romantic fiction’ and that is what your book is then don’t send it! Follow the guidelines to the letter!! Do your homework, check out current authors with that publisher. This is not a one way street, you need to decide firstly if they are right for YOU.
    4. Do not take it personally. Yes it’s your baby, yes it’s the love of your life but just think. Do you enjoy every book you read?No, so why should a publisher? Your book may be incredibly well written and powerful but, as with all art, it is a creative entity which is completely subjective. Work on the things that are within your control, make your book the best it can possibly be.Not everyone will ‘get it’ and that’s OK. Just because it is not one persons cup of tea doesn’t mean it isn’t right for someone else. Whatever happens, happens. Pick yourself up and try again.
    5. Do not dwell, move on. A thick skin comes with the job. If you do not have one you will need to build one. As sure as night follows day rejection will come in one form or another. Nobody likes getting rejected, it hurts. It’s OK to acknowledge it hurts but do not dwell on it. I like to – acknowledge – reflect – change ( if necessary) – move on. You may not need to change or tweek your work and that’s fine too, but you do need to move on.

    Remember – have courage, stand tall and keep writing

    To help keep you motivated, below is a snap shot….. I shall leave you to ponder:

    • Rudyard Kipling was told he did not know how to use the English language.
    • George Orwells Animal Farm was rejected because TS Elliot thought it needed ‘more pigs.’
    • Stephen Kings ‘Carrie’ was rejected over 20 times.
    • Louisa May Allcott was told she should stick to teaching.
    • 31 publishers in a row turned down James Patterson
    • Beatrix Potter was rejected so many times that she decided to self published Peter Rabbit. Sales currently stand at over 45 million.
    • 16 agents and 12 publishers turned down A Time to Kill by John Grisham.

     

    Rejected so many times she self published.
    Rejected so many times she self published.
    Louisa May Alcott told to 'Stick to teaching.'
    Louisa May Alcott told to ‘Stick to teaching.’
    Rejected over 30 times...
    Rejected over 30 times…
    TS Elliot rejected - 'not enough pigs'
    TS Elliot rejected – ‘not enough pigs’
    Rejected by agents and publishers.
    Rejected by agents and publishers.