by Patrica Bradley
If you have a dream, don't give up. Don't ever give up.
I started writing 34 years ago. Yep. You read correctly--34 years. In that time, I had approximately ?? rejections. I can't really tell you how many rejections I've had because I didn't keep score. And I didn't keep score because I knew one day I'd submit to an editor or an agent and they would say yes.
I don't know how I knew that, just that I did. It helped along the way that Woman's World bought 3 of my short stories and Country Living bought a couple of articles.
I know you didn't ask for my advice, but guess what? I'm giving it anyway. :-)
If you have a dream, lay it on God's altar--make sure this dream is in His plan for you. Ask Him, He'll let you know. Once you're sure you are on God's track, do the hard work. In my case that meant learning the craft of writing. For you it might be returning to school for your degree. Whatever it is, you will have to sacrifice something to make the dream come true...time, money, energy...
And keep at it. Don't believe the naysayers who say your dream is pie-in-the-sky. You know better. Believe that if God gave you this dream, He will not snatch it away. Believe in yourself, believe that you can realize this dream. But at the same time, remember everything is in God's timing, and if you wait on Him, He will give you more than you can ask or imagine. I just wanted one book published. He gave me a three-book deal.
See for yourself. My first book, Shadows of the Past, just released last week; the second book in the Logan Point Series releases in October. I'm working on the 3rd book and today, I received word my publisher wants a fourth book in the series. Can you see me Happy Dancing?
What dream do you have? And what do you need to do to make it come true? Leave a comment and if we have 10 readers to comment I'll randomly pick one person to receive a copy of Shadows of the Past. Must be 18 and have a US address.
Twenty years of family secrets are about to be revealed when a criminal profiler follows a lead on her missing father’s whereabouts
Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.
Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.
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