FAILING BETTER AND GETTING BETTER
I returned to school and completed my undergraduate degree, followed by graduate school in creative writing. It was a luxurious, heady time because I could at last solely focus on writing. Before I graduated, I had written enough short stories for a book manuscript…
…which no one wanted to publish! Ah, it took more years to rewrite
and hone, and rewrite it all again. And then more years past, and many,
many rejections, I put my stories away because I was by then immersed in
another idea for a book. I was writing my novel about Chornobyl
called even in its first drafts, THE SKY UNWASHED.
Again, no one wanted it. Yet!
More rewrites, more trials, and errors, and rejections, until at last I sent
THE SKY UNWASHED to a publisher (I didn’t have an agent at the time)
who accepted it! Finally, and hallelujah!
THE SWEET SMELL OF PRINT
The novel THE SKY UNWASHED, became a success—it garnered great reviews (click here), became a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers title, a Book Sense '76 Pick Selection, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery title and eventually a New York Times bestseller and Number 1 on Amazon.com when the e-book version appeared. All of which opened many doors to public speaking, teaching, grants, residencies, radio, and oh yes--royalties too.
Later, my collection of short stories that was rejected became my second book called WHEN LUBA LEAVES HOME with more wonderful reviews and awards. (For more about my creds, please go here).
But It took so many, many years! Although I had great teachers in my grad program, I constantly stumbled on my own. Many times I left writing. Many times I struggled in isolation and solitude. But you don’t have to!
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