Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Persistence Pays

Once upon a time I submitted a story to The People's Friend magazine. They rejected it. I sent another. They rejected that too.

This sequence was repeated at varying intervals over the next 13 years. But for two things, that would have made me feel insecure and caused me to give up. The first is that I was selling stories to a wide range of other women's magazines on an increasingly regular basis, so I knew I could write, I just wasn't getting it quite right for that particular publication. The second is that I'm just a touch on the stubborn side.

My persistence has finally been rewarded with an acceptance and a message from my editor expressing the hope that it's the first of many. I'm jolly pleased.

I was lucky in that I was getting better results elsewhere. For those who've yet to have something published, repeated rejections are very demoralising. It's harder still if you're a slow writer and/or are writing novels as there will be a long gap before your next attempt. It might be tempting to give up, but don't. Your next submission might be a yes and that yes might be followed by many more.

If you're interested in submitting fiction to women's magazines, take a look at the womagwriter blog, which gives all the guidelines, news and tips you need to get started.

If you're feeling insecure in any way about your writing, then consider joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group. The group's purpose is 'To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!'

22 comments:

  1. Congratulations! That's a long time to be persistent, but if you were getting results elsewhere, you knew it was only a matter of time.

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    1. That's what I kept telling myself, Alex.

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  2. Here from Alex's blog. First of all, congrats. Your news gives the rest of us literary wannabes hope, LOL. Your post really resonated with me b/c I"m a slow writer. It took me four years to complete my first novel. Though to be fair, I learned as I wrote, which caused me to do a lot of rewriting. My current WIP is about about a quarter of the way complete at 38K words. It's only taken about six months to knock out, LOL. At least my pace is improving. Still, like you said, it's tough when there's such a big lag between stories. Reading about your success provides the motivation I need to keep poking away at my keyboard.

    Again, congratulations on your success.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea.

      I suspect that actually writing a novel is a vital step in learning how to do it.

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  3. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Maria. I suspect people sometimes think that once we've had a few sales the rest are easy and wanted to reassure people who were worried that it isn't working like that for them.

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  4. Congratulations again, Patsy! Almost as exciting as your acceptance in TPF must be that the editor hopes that it will be one of many! Fantastic :-)

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    1. The editorial staff at TPF are really encouraging, Fay.

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  5. Congratulations. Love that you kept out at until you got it. Inspiring.

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  6. Congratulations Patsy.

    Don't forget to tell us when it appears.

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    1. No date yet, Carol - I have been paid though!

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  7. Congrats on The People's Friend magazine acceptance! Awesome!

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  8. Congratulations on The People's Friend acceptance. Way to go!

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  9. I'm glad your persistence paid off in the end, Patsy. Congratulations!

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