My first novel, Secrets Revealed, part of the Relics of Nanthara trilogy, took 5 years to write. Not a big deal, since many authors take several years to write a novel. Did I have to persevere to finish it? Yes, but exercising the definition didn't kick in until after the novel was completed. What do you mean? The book went through a total of 14 edits (about 5 with the pros) before it was polished for publication. Still I pressed.
Really? Wow! Nope, the worst part was before the novel was accepted by MuseItUp Publishing. Thinking my first draft was 'da bomb', I couldn't believe nobody wanted it. After what I've learned, I could see why. It was learning the techniques and rules of writing which was the key. Still I pressed.
I was rejected by close to 100 agents and publishing houses. Still I pressed. I had folks speak against me, behind my back, trying to destroy the dream and direction I was given. Still I pressed. Then, the most recent rejection letters began coming back carrying positive merits by the agents. Aha! I knew my story was good. Now, I'm getting somewhere. Still I pressed.
I have a family with three kids and a full time job as a chiropractor. When will I have time to write? Still I pressed. During this time, instead of griping and complaining, I used it to perfect my skill. Am I still learning? Absolutely. And it paid off when one day I received my inaugural email into being a published author by a credible and award winning publisher.
You can't give up no matter what you decide to pursue. Believe in your skills and what you write. If you write with a message, there will be someone you will touch with your words. Therefore, you must persevere, or all will be for naught. And it will pay off. I am now awaiting my third book contract while editing my fourth novel. I have websites up for the trilogy and for my fourth novel for folks to see and read and enjoy...because I persevered. Take care and see you all next time.
By the way, here are the websites: www.relicsofnanthara.weebly.com (and) nuclearfist.weebly.com
Nick G. Giannaras