Wednesday, November 16, 2011

10 Things I've Learned About Perseverance--Revisited

Lately, I've needed a reminder of something I posted a year ago. I thought maybe some of you might need a refresher course on this one as well. So, here we go:

As writers & authors, there are so many things beyond our control. I dedicate this post to everyone who keeps trying anyway.

10 Things I've Learned About Perseverance

1. Nothing about this job is easy.

2. The rejections always come before the requests.

3. Each book will be better than the last.

4. Dreams are worth reaching for, even if you pull a few muscles along the way.

5. Sometimes the perfect agent/editor is the 7th query/pitch, the 20th query/pitch, or the 80th query/pitch... but it is almost never the 1st.

6. It's always too early to quit.

7. Taking a break is not the same as quitting.

8. Everyone has a different timeline for their success. Judging your timeline against that of others helps no one.

9. Ability to learn is worth more than natural talent every day of the week.

10. It only takes one yes.

Have a wonderful weekend, and keep trying.


  1. I needed this today. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. I appreciated this post. Thanks for the reminders.

  3. Such a great post! Exactly the reminders I needed today!

  4. I love your lists. They're the best!

  5. It's that judging of other people's timelines that make me feel craptastic. I seriously need to learn that step. ;)

    Great list, Jenn!

  6. Good stuff! All of it is very true :)

  7. Thanks for this. I needed it this week. *hugs*