It takes more than a great story.

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know this awesome news, but I’m going to write an article about it anyway because I am SO FREAKING EXCITED.

Yesterday, my cousin and critique partner officially signed on with an agent for her Young Adult manuscript!


For those of you familiar with the traditional publishing method, you know that the first big step to getting published is finishing your manuscript. The second (and equally if not more challenging) big step is landing an agent to represent your manuscript to the thousands of publishers out there looking for the next big thing. Many writers, myself included, are still in that “looking for an agent” stage. Hopefully, we won’t stay there for long.

But my cousin has done it–she’s leapt up into the next stage of traditional publishing. From here, we wait to see if her agent can sell her book and get it put up on shelves nationwide.

(Dude, I’m so excited for her.)

Liz is an incredibly talented writer and the story behind Stars and Stripes is both unique and interesting, but it took more than just her skills as a storyteller to get her to where she is today. She has something I think many of the authors who never get published through traditional means simply don’t have: she has an iron will and fierce determination.

In other words, she doesn’t take no for an answer.

Many writers are reclusive and timid–so afraid of rejection and failure they let that fear cripple them and tell them they’ll never make it out of the shadows. No matter how phenomenal their stories may be, no matter how fantastic their writing is, these writers will invariably never get published because they aren’t going to do whatever it takes to make it happen. They aren’t going to take each rejection letter in stride and keep on going. They’re going to be too afraid to try harder because, let’s face it, it hurts to get rejected.

But it takes more than just a great story. It takes more than great writing. Sure, you may get lucky and get “discovered,” but ninety-nine percent of the time, you’re going to have to make sure someone notices you.

More, probably, than a great story and great writing, it takes a whole lot of ambition and determination to get published. If you’ve got all three, you’re set.

So, again, congratulations to one of the most deserving people I know! She worked her ass off to get to where she is, and I can’t wait to see where this next step takes her!


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