Blogger: Rachel Kent
I received my copies of Karen Barnett’s new book, Out of the Ruins, yesterday. It’s the first book in The Golden Gate Chronicles. The cover is lovely and the book is set in San Francisco around the famous 1906 earthquake. To read more about it, click here.
This is Karen’s second published book, but it was the first book she wrote. I started representing her after reading an early draft of Out of the Ruins (called Shaken at the time). While I pitched Out of the Ruins, Karen wrote her second book, First Impressions. After the second book was done, I shopped it and Abingdon Press decided to publish it. First Impressions was released as Mistaken, a suspenseful 1920’s romance. After Mistaken was contracted, Abingdon offered a contract for Out of the Ruins and the Golden Gate Chronicles series.
I’m sharing this story with you as an encouragement to press on. Even if your first book isn’t picked up and you receive rejection after rejection for it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that book isn’t worth publishing. Keep writing and put that story on the back burner. With time and revision, your first book baby (or second, or third…) could find a publishing home. It is easy to become discouraged and it’s tempting to quit, but if you don’t keep at it you won’t have the possibility of seeing results from your work.
It’s also a good story for showing how titles can change when a book is picked up for publication! Karen and I worked with the Abingdon team to finalize these great titles and covers.
Have you seen positive results from making the decision not to quit at something?
If you haven’t been published yet, what are you learning during your time of perseverance?
And a question to ponder…Giving up because of discouragement isn’t usually a good thing to do, but how do you know when God is asking you to quit at something or to put it on hold for a time?