Stories by Sherry

Children Stories:
Hopper Saves the Forest
The Wizard of Selena Island
Where Are Wini's Feelers

Young Adult:
Hybrid (The Egg Harvest)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January's End

Hi all,

What a year 2011 was for my writing. I finished my YA novel, edited it, and sent it out into the world. And, I have two ebooks on Smashwords. Writing is hard. It's kind of like caring a baby for nine months then laboring the pain of birth. I wanted to quit many times. Frustration with plot and structure, character development was huge. Sometimes, I wouldn't write for a week or two. I felt as though I was punishing the whole damn process. But, eventually I would pick my pen and paper up and continue on. Writing has to run in your veins if you want to be successful. Practice. Practice. Practice. I wake up in the middle of the night and change plots and add new ones. I think about my story at work, in the car, walking the dogs, even in the shower. So what, if all those agents I queried say: not a bad story, but not for our agency. That's okay. It's their job to be picky. Is my story the next big thing. Hell no. Is my story going to make it to the top list for 2012. Hell no. But, what I've come to terms with is that I LIKE MY STORY. After all, to form a story out of nothing is a magical thing. I gave breath to a new world with people I care about. As a writer, that's important.

At January's End, I'm very proud of myself for reaching my goal with my first YA. Yeah for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, back to work on book two.

Happy writing,

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rejection Trivia

When your down and blue over all those rejection letters remember some of the more famous books that were passed up many times by otherwise savvy agents and editors. Keep in mind that this is a very short list of authors and their books.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig, was rejected 121 time. The book went on to sell over three million copies.

A Time to Kill, by John Grisham's first book.

Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel's first book.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carre'

The First Wives Club, by Olivia Goldsmith

Keep writing. Never give up. Keep your spirits high.