Back before I had a book to my name, I would see published authors and feel this intense need/want to have what they had—a published book. I relished opportunities to meet famous authors, as if by merely being in their presence for a few moments, some of their success would rub off on me.
So how did I go from being in a position of “wanting” to have a published book to actually having a book published? It’s not some magical secret (though when I first started to write, I was convinced there was some “magic” involved and that I would never have it). But the truth is, I didn’t do anything anyone else could not do. I simply put my butt in the chair and wrote. When I was done writing, I rewrote. When I was done rewriting, I took classes and got feedback from trusted writer friends. And rewrote again. And again. And again.
I think the best quality a want-to-be author can possess is persistence. This goes for anything that is hard that we want to accomplish—weight loss, training for a marathon, paying off debt. What have you tried to do but maybe gave up too soon? I think a great many writers give up before they are rewarded. And it’s easy to do—I wanted to give up many times. I wondered if all the hours I spent on my writing would ever pay off. But deep down, I believed that I had something to say that others might be interested in. I got some good feedback along the way that kept me going. I kept putting my butt in the chair.
In what ways has persistence paid off for you?
I’ll have 60 books published by 2022. I cannot believe it. Even if most of those are work-for-hire projects, I’m thrilled. I hope now to get more of MY work published! Like my wrist tattoo says, “Nevertheless, she persisted!”
That is amazing, Lisa! Your list of books keeps growing and growing! You are persistent so I know your own work will be published someday!