Persistence is the Game

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P is for PERSISTENCE. If you want to get published, learn it. Memorize it. Embrace it.

Publishing is hard. The business rewards those who don’t give up.

Editors and agents will keep it real. Learn from what makes sense, discard what doesn’t. Don’t sell out your dream.

Realize you will be rejected more times than you ever thought possible. Mourn for a day and move on. Revenge query.

Structure will guide you like a headlight along a dark road. Don’t compromise on craft. Read good books.

Imagine yourself at the top, even when you feel like you can’t crawl out of the gutter of rejection. Imagine it. Be it.

Stay the course. If you need another round of edits, dive in. Don’t fight it. Keep editing and carry on.

The fact is, you’re looking for a marriage. You’re looking for the L word. You want that agent to adore your work.

Expect critique partners who help and respect you. Treat other writers as you would be treated.

Never give up. Never. Even when they say your baby’s ugly. Editing is plastic surgery be your own book doctor.

Care for yourself during submissions. Resist the urge to wallow. Buy little rejection gifts, treat yourself to manis/pedis.

Embrace the challenge to get published. Believe in your story. Look for the love in their eyes, even if it’s under every rock on the planet because publishing, more than talent rewards persistence

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