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Monday, October 19, 2009

Debbie Macomber - how she did it

Hello Fellow Writers!

Yesterday I did manage to work on both of my WIPs (Works In Progress) despite spending most of the day at the movies and at my parents for DH's birthday. We saw "Law Abiding Citizen" and we really like it. Gerard Butler is positively dreamy.

I want to share with you the story of Debbie Macomber, bestselling author of over 100 romance novels. The full article is available at eHarlequin.com.

When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book—except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.
She wrote—for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped "rejected." As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books—and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette Inspiration in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.
Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.

The moral of the story is Don't Give Up. I can't even imagine spending five years writing and submitting and getting rejections. But they say that the difference between a published author and an aspiring writer is that the published writer never gives up.

Today I will be working on both of my WIPs - the plotting for "Snowed in with a MIllionaire" (my NaNoWriMo novel) and the new chapter for "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant". Wish me luck and good luck to you too!

Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers

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