Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
Today, I was toting up my writing career. To date, I've published two erotic romance short stories/ novellas and I have a full length contemporary novel forthcoming in January 2013.
Not too shabby, right?
Well, I've been writing romances for about fifteen years. Yes, you read that right. Fifteen...years.
I've completed about a dozen full manuscripts and have countless short stories, chapters, first pages and scraps written. Again, not too bad, right?
In my sums today, I realized that I have sent out each of these manuscripts at least two or three times to publishers. I've spent a fortune on ink, paper and stamps. So far, I've had the three publications I mention above.
That's a lot of failure.
Fifteen years of trying and three publications. Is it worth it? Yes!
Seeing my work in print (okay, e-print) ranked right up there with one of the best feelings ever. And you know what, without sending out my work over and over, I would have never gotten here.
So, a la Alanis Morrisette, thank you Failure. Without you, I wouldn't have achieved success.