One of the realities of publishing, is that there are more people who want to write books than publishers who want to publish them and people who want to read them. This is a bottleneck business. Not everyone is going to get through. Not every published author will be a smashing success. And some people will never be published.

I’m not a fan of reality, but I do force myself to face it every now and then.

When you’ve paid enough attention to the publishing industry, you’ll hear a lot of stories of how long and arduous the road to publication can be. Years and years, rejection after rejection, hill climbs and falling off cliffs. I hate to admit it, but I have wondered if pursuit of publication is worth the torture.

But what’s the worst that can happen? A lot of people spend a ton of time and money golfing, dancing, painting, etc., even if they never make a career out of it. Isn’t that why we started writing in the first place? Because we like it?

I guess that’s the question you need to ask yourself. Are you willing to just do this as a hobby? You may never get published. If you get published you may never receive awards. Maybe only a few people will enjoy your book. But at the end of the day, we are writing because we love it and we want to improve. The words hold their value, no matter their format.

As long as this is true, we should never give up.


  1. I love this. I really do. I think it applies to more than just writing as well, though and it is a great thing to remember.

    • ali

    • August 12, 2010

    • 11:11 pm

    Never give up! Never surrender!

    I’m IN Liesl! SO glad you’re moving to UTAH! Woot!

  2. YES! What has kept me going forever is the reminder that my work can only get better. If that’s the worst that can happen, I’m all for it.

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