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Monday, January 04, 2010

Need encouragement?

I wrote a column for Christian Fiction Online Mag that might encourage you.

5 comments:

Augustina Peach said...

Gina, the column is definitely encouraging.

My question is, how did you know when it was time to put those first four manuscripts in the drawer? I've been trying to get my first manuscript published for two years, and I'm wondering if it's just time to give up and move on. When is enough enough?

Gina Holmes said...

It's tough Augustina. First, you should be writing another novel while you shop the first. In two years you could have two more to shop. Don't put one on hold to do the other would be my suggestion.

With my first novels, I shopped them until I ran out of houses I thought were a good fit. Though number 4 I didn't shop hardly at all because I decided to write in a new genre. I'd say concentrate on writing another novel and go back to the first after you do that. I would really regret if my first novel had been published. It's tough waiting but sometimes a no is the best thing for our career. Hang in there.

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Gina, very encouraging piece in CFOM. Thank you.

Sheila Deeth said...

I'd never thought of it that way - only one chance to debut. Lovely encouraging piece.

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Gina, thanks for sharing your story. I'm still waiting for an agent's yes (and my own debut), but I experienced God's mysterious guidance during the writing (and rewriting) process of my completed novel. It's reassuring and helps curb impatience :)

And in the meantime, I'm going back to an abandoned manuscript and applying what I learned (and how much I learned) from completing the current one.