BY STACEY JOY NETZEL
“I am the best writer in the world and I DESERVE MY DREAM”
Okay, before any of you start saying, “Wow, she’s pretty darn arrogant.”, let me explain: Sherrilyn Kenyon made me say it.
She made everyone say it at the WisRWA 25th anniversary conference in Green Bay, WI June 5-7, 2009. And wow, what a wonderful, completely inspiring keynote speech she gave after our dinner. (Not to mention she’s sweet as can be and is wonderful with her devoted fans.) Her amazing story is a perfect example that you should never give up your dream, no matter how hard this business is, or how impossible it may seem at times. You never know if that first sale phone call will come the very next day. Or in her case, the 7th sale phone call. She was an award winning, multi-published author of 6 books, and then she went 4 long years with many rejections and no contract. But each time she was ready to give up, she found the courage to give it another try, and another, and another.
Currently, she has more than 16 million copies in print and not only is she a multi-#1 NY Times Bestseller, she’s a #1 International best seller.
Worth the perseverance, wouldn’t you say?
I am happy to have met her and very glad I was able to hear her inspiring words.
So, just remember the next time your day looks dismal and you feel like giving up, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Don’t ever let anyone steal your dream—not even yourself. Call friends for some writerly support, read a good review you’ve gotten, or a part of your current WIP that you can feel in your gut is GOOD, and repeat after Sherrilyn Kenyon:
“I am the best writer in the world and I DESERVE MY DREAM!”
My question for you…what inspires you to keep on keeping on during your darkest moments?
Thanks for stopping by!
Stacey Joy Netzel