Unpublished writer. It is a word looked upon with stigma in the book business. But listen, it doesn’t have to be that way. As a matter of fact, it’s something to be proud of.
Because at one point every writer, even the ones who crank out blockbusters on a regular basis, started out as unpublished writers.
Its true. Some of the best writing I’ve read hasn’t been from books populating the bestseller lists, but from unpublished writers. Back in the fall of 2010, before I even published my first piece of writing, I took an advanced writing course at NVCC to interact with other unpublished writers like me. This was so I could get some good feedback from others whom I could relate to. It was one of the best experiences ever, and made me wonder why I lived for so song in my cave without venturing out to meet other writers. This was before I even wrote THE LEOPARD VANGUARD, or even had an outline for it.
Well, needless to say, I’ve become a lot more social since then. But that’s not the point I’m trying to make.
Those unpublished writers, the ones whose query letters are piling up in literary agents’ closets around the world, their writing was simply…
I was surprised, but in a good way. These helpful souls helped me with my writing, and, it was a win-win situation for all parties. I actually learned more from my classmates then I did from the class itself.
Strange. But true. In a good way of course.
Its kinda like on Christmas morning when you were a kid and you’ve opened all your presents. Then your parents tell you that they have one more surprise gift to give you.
Thats the kind of feeling I got by interacting with these “unpublished writers.” These so-called slush pile castaways. Their writing could put a lot of published writers to shame. And I’m not trying to be negative towards anyone. This site is all about empowerment.
So if you’re out there writing, and still depressed because you’ve racked up yet another rejection, or the short story you submitted to a writing contes didnt become one of the finalists. Fear not.
You’re on the right path; you are a pearl, that has yet to be discovered.
The writing/publishing landscape has changed so much that you really don’t need a NYC publisher or literary agent to give you the go-ahead to start your writing career.
All you have to do is be patient. And write like crazy.
Then get feedback from others who will support you. People who write and love to read are the best ones to seek out.
I know you can do it. I was once an unpublished writer. And I eventually ascended to the world of published bliss.
So can you.
See you next time. And, please keep writing!