"Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."
~ Ralph Blum
If there is one thing we learn as writers, it's that nothing is guaranteed in the book world. More than anything else, we have to hold onto hope with both hands. Never let it go. A setback today may be the stepping stone that leads us forward tomorrow.
So many writers have shared stories of heartbreak and success with us over the years. SO MANY: Elana Johnson's 180+ rejections before finding an agent smart enough to sign her; Beth Revis wrote TEN novels over TEN years before her ACROSS THE UNIVERSE success. It goes on and on . . .
If you want to be inspired, to feel hopeful, to believe in the impossible, read the following stories.
* Natalie Whipple wrote this post HERE and now has a novel being published by HARPER TEEN in 2013!!
* Katie Ganshert's long wait HERE
* Karen Amanda Hooper's story, HERE
* Shelli Johannes-Wells's story HERE
These are only a few of the many stories out there, but they never fail to make my heart smile and soar with new hope.
What helps keep your hope alive?