Jude Hardin

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Persistence

Earlier this evening I had the pleasure of meeting NYT bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. She signed my copy of her newest title, and we got to chat a bit before and after her talk to the crowd (which included instructions on how to make one of these). I've known Tess for a while online, and she was everything I expected her to be in person: intelligent, witty, gracious, and just an all-around nice person. If you haven't read her books, you should.

I asked her if she had any advice for writers trying to break in (i.e. moi). The first word from her mouth? You got it. Persistence.

She mentioned having the right idea at the right time, creating characters who speak to you on a variety of levels, landing a good agent, the all-important factor of luck...

But I think there's a reason persistence came first. Persistence is, without a doubt, the most important word a pre-published writer needs to keep in mind. Rejection is the norm in this business. Get used to it. Get over it. Move on. Write a better book. If your better book gets rejected, write an even better one.

And an even better one after that.

Is there ever a time a writer should give up? Is it ever just not in the cards? Are there people out there who just don't have what it takes to succeed in publishing?

Only you can answer that.

If it's truly your dream to become a published author, though, you won't quit. You'll keep giving it one more try, for as long as it takes.

And someday, when you're on your own national book tour, and some goober in the audience asks if you have any advice for aspiring authors, the first word from your mouth might just be persistence.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mark Terry said...

Yeah, doesn't that just suck? You already knew the answer.

Admit it, Jude! You were hoping she'd have a magic formula, something she keeps in a vial in her pocket that she was willing to let you snort or sprinkle on your manuscript or something.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Hi Mark:

Yeah, unfortunately there's no secret handshake, no magic formula. No shortcuts. The only way to succeed is through painstaking effort, and then of course there are no guarantees.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Dave Goodwin said...

Jude, can't wait to meet you on your first tour...... just be nice to this goober!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Dave:

Absolutely. We goobs have to stick together.

11:30 PM  
Blogger lainey bancroft said...

Nah, I think my first word might be P...rozac!

You got to meet Tess Gerritsen? Cool! =)

10:39 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

She's really sweet, Lainey. If you ever get the chance you should go to one of her signings.

8:08 AM  

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