5 Hard Truths About Being a Published Writer

Carrie Cuinn

You’ve dreamed of being a writer, getting published, and finally – you’ve succeeded. Someone has paid money for your words, and they’re out in the world for people to read! Or, maybe you haven’t yet sold a story or novel, or you’re still writing for free on blogs and hoping that’s going to get you noticed. Either way, you aspire to greatness with your ability to turn a phrase. Here’s five things you definitely need to know, but probably no one has told you:

  1. You’re still going to be rejected. No matter how many sales or awards or accolades you have, you will still not have them all. You’ll submit work that won’t be purchased. You’ll write beautiful prose that doesn’t get nominated for an award, or doesn’t win even if you make it onto the ballot. You’ll be left out of articles talking about the books to read this summer…

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3 Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading this, but wish the whole thing was on WordPress! The linked site wasn’t friendly for someone reading on a phone.

  2. I understand. I was able to read the post, in its entirety this morning on my phone, but I wasn’t able to re-blog it until I got home this evening from my laptop. I’m wondering, do you have an older version of WordPress on your phone? If you do, this may be the reason why you were not able to read the entire post.

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