Writers need to be tough.
Writing is not an easy arena to be in.
Did you know that writers get so many rejections there have actually been studies done about it?
And the statistics aren’t good.
In an article at Huffington Post, it suggests that most (well over 90%) of authors who seek representation by agents are rejected.(1)
That’s pretty severe.
Another article at Writer’s Digest says, “Don’t even think about giving up until you’ve queried at least one hundred agents.”(2)
But, what if Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen gave up after 100 rejections?
They were rejected 144 times before landing a publishing contract.
So, how does a writer become successful?
Well, there are at least 3 factors that go a long way in giving a writer a fighting chance.
Perseverance is probably the single most important factor.
You can learn to write.
You can improve your writing.
You can submit you work more often.
But, if you get discouraged when successes don’t come as fast as you’d like or expected, you may start writing less, you may give up.
This is where you need to persevere.
Know that it’s not the best writers who succeed, it’s those who persevere.
I can attest to this.
I work in two niches.
I did it for years with not much success.
Then suddenly, clients began finding me and hiring me in one of those niches.
More often than not, success is just around the corner.
You’ve got to persevere.
While perseverance is an essential factor in writing success, without setting goals, what are you persevering towards?
You need to be a goal setter.
Your goals need to be specific.
What do you really want to succeed at?
– Getting ongoing publishing contracts.
– Getting freelance writing projects on a regular basis.
– Supplementing your income.
– Earning $50,000 per year. Earning $100,000 per year. Earning $500,000 per year. Being a millionaire.
– Becoming a New York Times Best Seller.
– Becoming famous.
I found it more tangible to create monthly income goals rather than yearly ones.
You need to find what your goals are and what strategy to use to obtain them.
And, you need to make those goals visible.
Create a vision board or write them down and read them every day.
One big pitfall in writing is not having focus.
I mentioned earlier that after years of struggling, I began to get clients on a regular basis.
And I’ve gotten lots of return and series clients.
This came about mainly because I began to focus on one writing niche.
I devoted the majority of my time and energy in that area and it paid off.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have more than one writing niche, but if you want to succeed in something, you need to prioritize.
You need to focus.
As my writing coach would say, “Focus on what’s making you money.”
Get to work building these three characteristics and see if they don’t make a difference.
And, let us know how you make out.
About Karen Cioffi
Karen Cioffi is an award-winning author, children’s ghostwriter, and an author/writer online platform marketing instructor. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Writers on the Move (a promotional group of authors/writers utilizing cross-promotion). In addition, her site, Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing, was named Writer’s Digest Website of the Week, June 25, 2012. Brian A. Klems, Online Editor for Writer’s Digest commented: “This site from Karen Cioffi should stand as a model for other freelance writers.”
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