Reflections In Hindsight

Grace in the Rearview Mirror…it's closer than it appears

  • Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

    **MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. For permission on reprints or reusing this material, please contact the individual authors. For sharing the actual post, please use the share buttons.

  • Blog Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 90,133 hits
  • RSS April’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey

    • Evil Parents and Rotten Kids
      A-ZE is for Evil Parents and Rotten KidsI present you Jimmy Kimmel's annual "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" video montage. It's an artful mixture of cruelty, humor, and ghastly awe. My favorite is Drawer Boy. Now there's an ax murderer in the making.Which is your favorite?
      noreply@blogger.com (April Gardner)
  • RSS Barn Door Book Loft

    • Stopped Cold by Gail Pallota
      Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing […]
    • A Warm Welcome to Gail Pallota
      Is there a story behind Stopped Cold?  As a young adult I saw lots of heartache in several instances when someone wasn’t number one. Sadly, the drive pushed some of them to destructive behavior. I could only imagine the pain they must have gone through and how their God-given talents were wasted simply because they weren’t “the best.” The fact that God gave […]
    • Are You One Of Four Book Winners This Week?
      Once again, we offer you a warm welcome to the Bookshelf of the Barn Door Book Loft. We would like to offer a special thanks to these Christian authors who offered a sample of their writing to our faithful readers:Caryl Macadoo, who offered her Christian Romance Novel The Preacher’s Faith. Nicola Furlong, who offered her Mystery  A Hemorrahaging of Souls. Je […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • Olympia Finalists!
      by Michelle MassaroHello, hello! Today is a big day!I am very excited to announce this year’s Olympia Finalists!! Please congratulate:*Kelly Goshorn*Madelyn Herbert*Mary Vaitkevicius-VeeAll three authors’ entries will go to our Round 3 judges: Karen Ball, Becky Philpott, and Becky Wade (links below)Acquisitions Editor Becky Philpott of Harper Collins Publish […]
    • The Winner of the February 2015 Clash of the Titles
      A big thank you to all four authors for sharing news of their wonderful new releases! One voter sums it up"All of these books sound so good. I would really like to take a vacation where I could just read, read, eat, read, eat, and did I mention read some more? Well, all of your books sound amazing like you! May God bless each of you as you endeavor to d […]
    • January New Releases Clash
      Hostess: Gail PallottaJanuary 2015, brought us many great fiction books. Contemporary, historical, young adult futuristic and a suspense novel round out this month’s Clash. Which of these will you put at the top of your to-be-read list?***During the 1960s, Henry Youngblood feels the call to plant a new church. Meanwhile, his wife wonders how to pay the bills […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • Chloe's Decision 
      As I stated last week, November is NANOWRIMO. I'm working on the next Stones Creek novel. It's the story of Chloe, Noah Preston's sister. She comes to Stones Creek with her two children. If you would like to read her pre-story simply subscribe to Sophie's Special Emails. No more than twice a month will you receive an email with special co […]
    • Remembering Fudgsicles
      It is November and thus NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to begin a novel and write 50,000 words during the month. Since this occupies most of my focus for these four weeks I will be reposting previous articles each week this month. Fudgsicles, how long has it been since I’ve had a fudgsicle? I’m not sure, but they came to mind when […]
    • Are You Teachable?
      What? You think you know everything? I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but no one knows everything. Oh, there is one, Hashem. He's omniscient. But no one else is. Even Yeshua (Jesus) isn't. He doesn't know the hour or day he will come again. Some people rejoice in learning something new. I tend to be one of those people. I read about […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • Matta's Art
      Last summer, August 2014, my family was blessed with a special trip to Athens. I had arranged for a local tour guide through Dopios.com, not knowing for sure what we'd get. It turned out to be Matta. What a gift. Since then we've been pleased to send two other friends to her care to tour Athens and Greece.I now invite you to visit her business, MAT […]
    • Grammar Day QUIZ 4 U
      It's grammar day, March 4. But you knew that already, didn't you?Enjoy the following quiz from Grammarly.comJoy,http://LisaLickel.com
    • Celebrating Grammar!
      Awesome Quiz Tomorrow...today: one of my pettish-most peeves:This graphic courtesy of Grammarly. Visit and Use GrammarlyJoy,http://LisaLickel.com
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • Book Review: Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued by Anna Elliot and Laura Masselos
      I'm a big Austen fan and I love Pride and Prejudice so my fear was this would be a feeble attempt at sequel. I was pleasantly surprised. Georgiana Darcey, Mr. Darcey's younger sister, is now 18 years old and in love with her co-guardian Colonel Fitzwilliams. Elliot and Masselos do a great job fleshing out some of the peripheral characters from the […]
    • Book Review: Standing Stones by Beth Camp
      This first book in a promising series, takes place in 19th century Scotland in the Orkney islands at the time of the Clearances. It was a time when wealthy landowners were changing their mode of land management and ruthlessly throwing tenants off the land.When Lord McDonald takes over the estate of Westland and its holdings, he's determined to make impr […]
    • Book Review: Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings
      Anne Tillerton is similar to Annie Oakley. She's a dead shot  with a gun and for the past few years has made her living as a buffalo hunter. But when Nick Lovelace comes to the aid of a passenger on a train during a hold up, Anne ends up saving Nick's life.Anne's sordid history includes killing her husband. We learn later it was a kill or be k […]
  • BLOG NEWS

    Thank you for your encouragement and support for the past three years. We've had fun connecting with you and hope you've found useful material here on Reflections. And here's the but... Reflections In Hindsight is closing on December 21, 2012. Elaine and Sophie and I can be found over at http://authorculture.blogspot.com; April can be found at Clash of the Titles, http://www.clashofthetitles, http://www.aprilgardner.com and watch for news for more novels from her!; Janet is ever-present on the Internet with her very special words of wisdom and grace at http://www.janetperezeckles.com, and Luther--who knows where he'll show up next, but I'd watch my back if I were you... Book Reviews are always important, so I, Lisa, will continue to offer them through my blog, as well as those promotions for your new books or book launches, or your news.
  • Second Monday: Sophie Dawson

  • Tuesdays – Promotion in Motion

  • Wednesdays: Life of a Writer – April & Positivity – Lisa Lickel

  • Thursdays – Luther’s on board

  • Fridays – Revolutionary Faith, Devotions by Elaine

  • Saturdays – Janet Perez Eckles

  • Sunday – Reflections Book Reviews

  • Blog Authors

  • The Barn Door

  • The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

  • John 3:16 Marketing Network widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)>

Persistence and Money

Posted by Ben Erlichman on June 15, 2011

In my experience thus far, those two things are what it takes to get published. I have only been seriously pursuing publication for my books for the last three years (give or take) but I’ve quickly learned that persistence and money are necessary to get published for the vast majority of writers.

You need persistence in everything having to do with writing and publishing. We need to be persistent in writing, in reading, in studying the craft, in writing some more, in plotting, in character development, in incorporating our themes into our book without overemphasizing them, in editing, in a hundred more things that have to do with our work. And that’s just the writing part. We have to chase leads, query agents, submit to publishers, attend writers conferences, network with other writers, build our platforms, write proposals… the list goes on and on.

In all of these things, persistence and money will help you get published sooner.

I got my first short story published because I submitted and followed up on it several times over the course of one year. This persistence led to two more short stories and a poem getting published by the same magazine. BUT I never would have made that contact without attending the ACFW Conference in 2009, where I met someone who referred me to Written World Communications. That conference cost money, around $1,000, in fact.

Going to a reputable writer’s conference (ACFW) changed everything for me. There, I learned how to be persistent, and I learned what I needed to do to get pubbed. I know I’m on the path toward publication now because I went to that conference for the past two years.

I’m going again this year, but I’m also going to go to a new conference in August hosted by Ted Dekker. This is a pricy one, and it’s only open to 100 people, but I managed to find a way to attend, thank God. Ted’s conference is billed as revelatory with regards to publishing and getting pubbed. It’s about persistence.

Speaking of persistence, I’m taking the opportunity to visit B&H Publishing, one of the firms interested in my work, while I’m in Nashville for the conference. If I’m going to spend the money to be in Nashville for the event, then I might as well get a taste of the local flavor via publishing. It’s a great chance to reconnect with B&H, and hopefully talk through what a possible publishing future with them might look like. That’s an example of my money and my persistence working together for my benefit.

I wonder if persistence and money are interchangeable sometimes? Most of us are either strapped for cash, strapped for time, or both. But if, say, we’re poor as dirt, but we can be persistent, maybe that could compensate for inability to attend said writers conferences?

I’d imagine that it goes the other way also, that having money to spend can make up for a lack of persistence, but then questions are raised as to the quality of the work. In this modern age, anyone who can afford to pay an editor (if they want to) can self-publish their own books on the internet. They can publish them WITHOUT editing them if they want to. But given that approach, will they ever produce something “best-seller” quality, just because they had the money to do so? I’d say it’s possible, but unlikely.

I’d rather have the persistence than the money. Persistence is something you can develop if you don’t have it, but it’s key to success as a writer. Money is something you can earn, and it will help to open doors for you (via writer’s conferences, hiring freelance editors, buying books to read for pleasure and/or on writing, etc.), but it shouldn’t be the only thing that gets you published.

If you have money, instead use that as a resource to ensure you STAY published. Invest in your career: use it to travel on a book tour, or to develop marketing for you and your work, or hire someone to help you with your marketing. Using my money to sell more books is what I hope to do once I get published.

Now it’s your turn. What role do you think persistence and money have in your writing life? Do you give them equal time? Is one more important than the other to your writing career? How do they work together?

Share your thoughts with us.

-Ben

P.S. If you live in the Milwaukee area, come to Next Chapter Books in Mequon tonight for a book signing with Best-Selling author Brandilyn Collins!

About these ads

2 Responses to “Persistence and Money”

  1. Ben, you have mentioned the “M” word in publishing: Money. And I’m so glad you did! Because, it points out a fact that many writers don’t want to talk about. Even if you are one day issued a check by a traditional publisher, you undoubtedly spent some hard earned cash to get to that goal. Conferences cost, editors cost, travel costs, lodging costs. And all the time we put into our work reminds us of that old phrase, “Time is money.” You may have a wonderful critique group, but that will not necessarily replace a good copy editor. An editor’s training with their eagle eye usually comes with a fee. I’m not saying it is not worth it. But it’s important to be realistic about what it really takes to become a published writer. Thanks for broaching it!

    I think the persistence part is incredibly essential. And networking with other authors who are encouraging can bolster our resolve to “stay the course” in writing. It can be a discouraging battle at times. But if we are called to the work (and it IS work), then God will give us the strength to continue on.

    Thanks for a great post!

  2. Many good points here, Ben. Thanks. In my case, I had the old persistence in spades, but not a whole lot of money. My road to publication is definitely different than most and proves that if the Lord’s in it, then it WILL happen. Seriously…don’t hate me, but I only attended one writer’s conference before inking my first contract, and didn’t spend much money at all until post-publication when the marketing began. But it’s paying off, and I’m building a readership with this first book. I know writers who spend a lot of money but never are published. It all really boils down to this: write the best book you can, and if you’re persistent, it (publication) will probably eventually happen. Most of the Christian authors being published these days are members of the ACFW (plug there). So, networking is key. Try to do something every single day toward the goal of publication. Lastly, the conference with Ted Dekker sounds awesome for you, and I’m so thankful you can go, as well as network in Nashville. Have fun, and give us a report later on, please!
    Blessings!

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,247 other followers

%d bloggers like this: