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February 21, 2012

Susan Sands

I originally wrote this article for the Better World Books blog. Please check out their website.

When embarking on the journey to traditional publication, there are things you should know. First, write a great book. Really. This sounds like a no-brainer, I know. But it is hard—no, extremely hard, to successfully pen a novel-length story, submit your work to literary agents and/or editors at New York publishing houses and achieve your goals without first facing crushing rejection. It hurts every time. Growing the thick skin of an elephant is a near necessity to survive some of the harsh feedback. Not because you stink as a writer, but because the bar has been set incredibly high by today’s talented authors. I’ve learned along the way to use critiques and rejections as tools for learning how I may improve, continuing to edit my manuscript with persistent hope.

You may possess the talent…

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