Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Highs And Lows

About a week ago I realised it was time I started blogging again.

The theme was going to be in stark contrast to the previous post in April (see below) when I'd had a good run of successes. Since then it has been rejection after rejection and I was going to highlight the fact that we have to accept the lows as well as the highs in this business. You're only as good as your last story and a whole load of published stories doesn't guarantee that you'll get another. A lean period can get you down but I was going to say that you just have to keep going even if you're not sure what you're doing wrong.

Then the e-mail came. I thought it was going to be another 'not quite there on this one, Keith' but it was two sales and I was back in the game. One was a brand new story and the other was a rewrite which, I had been told, needed a little more characterisation.

So it really does pay to just get your head down and write, write, write. Keep sending them out and try not to get disheartened.

Don't forget to enjoy yourselves too.


  1. Congratulations on the latest successes, Keith. As you say, persistence is the key. Wishing you many more sales to come.

  2. It’s not a game for the thin-skinned, that’s for sure!

  3. Perseverance is essential. Good news on the sales too Keith.

    See you next week.

  4. Wrap all of those wonderful "yeses" around yourself like an invisible shield against the inevitable "noes." Each success gives you more superpowers to withstand the rejections. Congratulations!

  5. Well done Keith, may there be many more successes.

    1. Thanks, Maria. All the best with your projects too.

  6. Just popped in to wish you all the best for 2019, Keith.

  7. Thanks, Patsy. Wishing you more success for the New Year.

  8. Good for you! I'm glad you were rescued from an imminent "low" by a couple more acceptances. May your successes continue. :)