It’s Not All about Winning

FailureYou know, in everything you do, you are going to win some and lose some.  That said, if you even just try for anything, you also win.  I know it sounds like some inspirational crap, but I’ve seen it so often in my own life and in my career. I hadn’t sold a book in over ten years, and I was writing humorous romantic suspense.  An editor told my agent, if Christie would write paranormal, I would buy her books.  So my agent asked me to write paranormal. I didn’t want to do it, because I’d never written paranormal.  But I started writing a book about witches.  I needed to write three chapters and send it in to the editor to see if she actually would buy it.  So, I finished the three chapters, and right before I sent them to my agent to send to the editor, my agent called.  The editor had phoned her and told her she was excited to see my proposal, but to make sure it wasn’t about witches. WHAT?

Einstein0So, I had to start over and write about faes. I spent another two months writing three chapters about faes.  My agent sent it out and the editors loved it, they almost bought it—but then they didn’t.  Ugh!  I felt like a loser.  I had spent four months trying to do something and failed. I wasted all that time.  I was so upset.  Right after that, my humorous romantic suspense books sold.  And I remember even thinking that I could have been writing another humorous romantic suspense instead of working those paranormal ideas that gotten me nowhere!!!  Ahh, but flash forward four years.  An editor at St. Martin’s Press was looking for some new young adult authors.  And she remembered an author she’d read that she really liked who wrote a funny book about faes.  She hadn’t been able to buy the book on Faes, but she really liked my work.  And that, my friends, is how I was asked to write Shadow Falls.  And it all came about from something that at the time, I saw as a complete, devastating failure.

Website Series Graphic dd (1)When you try something, put your heart and soul into it, when you learn something, you may not walk away with the blue ribbon, but you walk away with an experience and who knows what that experience will lead to.  So remember, It isn’t just about just winning and losing, there is also trying.  Can you think of how you tried and didn’t win the blue ribbon, but still walked away feeling like a winner?  I’ll give away one of my ebook to one person who leaves a comment.  (Sorry, this giveaway is only for US residents. If you;re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my website blog to be entered in my giveaway.)




The winner of last week’s giveaway is Tracy Wisenburg. Congratulations! Please email me at with your mailing address AND t-shirt size.


4 thoughts on “It’s Not All about Winning

  1. I love you telling that story! My story is not about winning a ribbon or a prize but a job. I started working with the company I am with now in 2008 as a temp employee. When a permanent position opened up I applied, and was not hired. I felt defeated but I stayed on as a temp employee. Fast forward a couple of years and not only had I been hired on permanent but I was promoted several times and I am now a manager. What I felt was a defeat only caused me to work harder to get where I am today.

  2. An author friend of mine convinced me I was a good enough of artist to illustrate my own children’s books so I gave it a shot. I now have three books of my own out and one where I partnered with another author and illustrated her book. Now my books unfortunately don’t sell well. I self published after my publisher closed it’s doors and I don’t have the time or money for the promotion that you need to do. So even though I’m not a New York Times best seller, I discovered that yes I do have the talent and it has given me so much confidence in my work. Plus, through this journey, I have met some of the most amazing people.

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