Perseverance Pays Off: Signing a Book Deal

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Editor's note: I haven't yet met one author who was not told at some point that the odds of them getting published were slim. Writers learn about rejection early but what I've found is that writers will always find a way to write. That perseverance can pay off. It certainly did for Gina, who recently announced that she signed a book deal. Head on over to Shabby Creek Cottage to hear her publishing story. - Karen

"As a professional writing student major in college, part of my curriculum was to take a creative writing class. There were 15 of us in the class, and on the first day she asked how many wanted a book deal, and over half of us raised our hands. She looked at us, and bluntly said, "Chances are, only one of you will get it."

A year later, I graduated and went to my local career office. I filled out the paper work and spoke to a counselor, who asked me, "What do you want to be?" I simply replied, "I want to be a writer." She laughed and said, "Honey, it just doesn't work that way." She promptly told me that being a writer was a pipe dream and that I needed to look into teaching English at the local high school.

But, I didn't want to be a teacher - I wanted to be a doer. I have an immense amount of respect for teachers, but I knew that if I went that path I would always regret it."

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