Number 51! We’re almost done with an entire year of blog posts. Today’s topic is a goodie — but then I’ve thought they were all goodies!
So, like my title says, I don’t like to give advice. The reason is simply because I don’t like to get it! Especially unsolicited.
But…(You knew that was coming, didn’t you?! HeeHee)
What advice would I give to New Authors? Well, it’s simple really. DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM. EVAH!!!
I was 55 years old when my first book was published. A time when people are thinking towards retirement, and I started a whole new career. I had many naysayers when I first submitted to publishers and entered contests at the age of 54.
“You’re too old to start, now.”
“You’re not the right age or demographic or personality to write and be successful with romance writing.”
“You’ll never make it. It’s a young person’s market.”
“You’re going to get your heart broken with all the rejections you’re going to get.”
I heard it all.
But I still dreamed I’d be published. I listened to those comments and then just as quickly forgot about them.
Yes, I’d had a few things published in my 20’s and 30s’ — mostly short stories in literary magazines that no one ever read, and professional nursing journals where a few people did see them. But nothing I could support myself with. The dream to be a published book author always stayed with me, though, despite that.
And yes, it took me until I was middle-aged, menopausal, and slightly neurotic before I ever saw a book of mine in print, but… and this is the key… I stuck to my dream and saw it fulfilled.
So, new writer who is hopefully reading this, if you want to write, write. If you want to be a published author, go for it. Don’t give up. Ever. EVAH!
I wonder what the other authors in this blog hop want to tell you? Stop by their sites and see: