It’s funny how in this business, as in life, sometimes it takes something small to remember why we’re in it in the first place. As you all by now know, the publishing industry has been a fairly controversial place of late. I won’t go through it all again here, or get into the nitty gritty of some of the latest news headlines pitting Amazon against independent booksellers, but suffice to say there’s a lot of fear about the future.
That’s why I was happy to find this video recently that shares an unbelievable story about how Cherie Priest got her start as an author. After having been rejected by Tor with a form letter a couple of years earlier, a young editor found Cherie’s manuscript while cleaning out the office of someone who died, and after reading it (because she says she can’t throw anything away without reading it first) and loving it, e-mailed her hoping she was still at the same address. It was a good thing the e-mail address was there because she’d long since moved and the editor’s letter had already been returned unopened. The rest, as they say, is history. A really cool publishing story, right? And one that gives faith that good things still happen and dreams really can come true. Alright, enough with the cotton candy fluff, but you get my point.
What is your favorite writing success story? It doesn’t have to be getting an agent or a publisher. I’m thinking more about what led you on a writer’s path. Could be getting an A on a grade school paper, or finding a writing teacher who inspired you to do your best work, or getting dumped and realizing the only way to survive was to write about the experience. Please share. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.