Saturday, February 3, 2007

Persistence Will Get You There

One thing that Missy posted in the comments section of Christy's blog yesterday is that she had to keep trying. I've been writing a long time and I can say that persistence is the key. If I had not been willing to persist when I received rejection after rejection, I would have never gotten my agent.

What happens when you've been praying about something for a long time and you aren't seeing your prayers answered? Do you give up praying? Not if you want your loved one well. Sometimes we don't have a choice. We have to keep praying, keep believing that God will answer when the time is right. It's the same with our writing. We have to keep writing, improving, praying, and submitting.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek, and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:6-8)

1) Ask--pray about your writing and for God to show you your route to publication. Talk to God about your stories. Ask Him for help and to show you what He would like to see in your writing.

2) Seek--don't be afraid to seek critiques from others. Seek out opportunities to enhance and improve your writing. This may be workshops, conferences, or something else. Research the market and the genre in which you're writing.

3) Knock--Submit, submit, submit to agents, editors, and appropriate contests. If you aren't submitting you don't know where you fall in the ranks of unpublished authors competing against you for those "limited" first sale slots. The first time I submitted to agents, I got all form rejection letters. I revised and resent a proposal, I got all rejections, but this time a few were not form letters. I received interesting comments and encouragement. On my second manuscript I had a couple of agents request the full, while the rest were rejections. On my third manuscript, I received my first agent offer.

The last part of that Scripture I would like to point out is that it doesn't say "some people" or "selected writers." It says for EVERYONE who asks receives, seeks will find, and knocks it will be opened. I believe that those of us who are persistent in learning, improving and submitting, will eventually get "THE CALL!"

Congratulations, Missy!




  1. Oh I love this, Jennifer. This has been a good week, not only with Missy's news, but with the things that have been posted. Pretty soon my office is going to be wallpapered with all these fabulous morsels to dwell on.

  2. Jennifer always gives me something to think about and redirects me. Well, ya did it again! Ask.Seek.Knock. Here I go... Thanks so much!