Persistence Pays

Posted at 10:49am on 25th January 2020

Have you ever had a book proposal turned down?  You’ve slogged away, and you felt sure you’d done a good job – then this.  I’m sure most of us will have been through many situations like this.  It’s pretty devastating isn’t it?  But it shouldn’t be a reason for giving up!

Back in 2014 it happened to me.  Not, I understood from the publishers, because the letter and sample chapters were not well written, but because it didn’t fit their list.  In order to offset my frustration, I set to writing an article, stating that I appreciate the frustration felt by others in similar circumstances, and had it published in a magazine.

At times like this, plumbing or dentistry might seem to be more rewarding options than bashing away at a keyboard, I wrote.  They, at least, give us the satisfaction of being able to provide something worthwhile for the benefit of others.  They might, also, allow us either to sluice our disappointment down the drain, or to vent our dissatisfaction via the drill!

Scripture, however, has plenty to say about patience and perseverance, and it would seem that this was recognised at a Christian Resources Together retreat I attended at the time.  An excellent event, it continues to gives scope to writers to network with the many publishers, distributors, and booksellers present.  To receive encouragement!  And to learn!

Persistence pays, as Luke Wordley discovered when his self-published book, The Fight, was taken on by Tynedale, and Fiona Veitch Smith’s Young David series continues to make inroads into the Christian retail market.  As she pointed out in one of the ACW* seminars:

‘You have to trust; to keep on keeping on.’

Absolutely!  A lesson I was intent on giving to others.

‘We should never sell ourselves short,’ I said to ACW author Catherine Campbell when she expressed reticence about the cost of travelling to an event like CRT.  ‘If you knew of someone who was using their God-given gifts for the benefit of others, wouldn’t you endeavour to help out if they were unable to meet the cost of travelling to an event like CRT?’

Catherine conceded that, if able to, she would happily deem it part of her giving.

‘Well you are that person,’ I reminded her.

It was clear from the look of surprise on her face that she’d never thought of herself, and what she had to offer, in that respect.

And I suspect that many of us feel the same.  So remember, Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.  1 Peter 4:10.  Don’t give up!  Persistence pays.

 *ACW – the Association of Christian Writers has been running for decades, helping Christian writers to fulfil the gifts and potential they have been given.  https://christianwriters.org.uk/members-websites/

Listen here to downloadable CRT seminars: http://dynamic.church123.com/podcast/f039d490-1186-4fbf-9de9-cb03465ffa97

 

Your Comments:

25th January 2020
at 11:16am
Great article, Merry!

Post a comment:

No HTML allowed. Web URLs will be auto-linked. Please stand by your comments; anonymous posting is permitted but not encouraged. Your email address will not be published, nor will it be distributed. Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the editor has approved them. They may also be removed without notice or explanation.

Related Posts

My Latest Book

Picked for a Purpose

Available in paperback from my books page
Buy Your Copy

Find the Real You...

Start Now
Take a FREE
Personality Test

BBC Radio Devon Interview

Listen to me chatting to Dave Fitzgerald about my latest release, Chosen, on BBC local radio.

Recently On Twitter

In Eswatini, Unicef train Rural Health Motivators to provide mothers like Sibongile with information and care befor… https://t.co/isU9dapcwa
tweeted by MelMenzies
on 18th December at 17:50
WARNING: I've just received the following email - must be a scam because I certainly haven't written to them. Why w… https://t.co/YyHEo5Th6b
tweeted by MelMenzies
on 14th December at 20:38
It's sad to see... https://t.co/rZ1bz4LHkV
tweeted by MelMenzies
on 14th December at 17:04
Follow Me on Twitter

Who's online?