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From Writer to Writer: Heather Schweich

Heather SchweichMeet Heather Schweich

I’ve been writing articles and essays as a hobby for about 5 years, but started seriously blogging at Milk Bubbles about 3 months ago. I tend to run on about nursing, parenting, and marriage all while wrangling two precocious boys. I currently call Central Florida home, but would not mind moving somewhere that has more than one season!

When not tied to a keyboard or serving as a human jungle gym, I have an on-again, off-again relationship with my sewing machine and crochet hooks. On the rare occasion I have a 3- or 4-hour block of kid-free time you will probably find me curled up with my nose in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel.

Bloggers Face Rejection Too

If your article or guest post gets rejected, try not to take it personally. As much as your writing is a part of you, no one is saying no to you, they’re just saying no to the piece. There are hundreds of reasons why your piece might not work and none of them have to do with who you are as a person.

Take any comments you are given and apply them as much as you can without compromising what makes your writing special. Evaluate any critiques you get, burn the ones that aren’t helpful and incorporate those that are. Your work should evolve and grow through this process, but never lose that quality which makes your writing distinctly yours. Be yourself!

Keep trying and try everyone. Determination pays off!

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From Writer to Writer: Meryl Evans

Meryl EvansMeet Meryl Evans

I write and edit content for businesses and publications. I also help businesses build and maintain relationships with clients and prospects through content including email newsletters, emails, websites, landing pages, blogs, articles and more. I started blogging on June 1, 2000 — around the same time I started my freelance business.

Rejection Isn’t Personal

Some of the world’s most famous authors have been rejected many times. Here are a few that I found around the web and the number of times rejected in ().

  • Diary of Anne Frank (15)
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (9)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (18)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (140!!!!) And how many books do they have now?
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (26)

Search for “rejected books” or something similar, and you’ll find many more.

It’s not you. It’s not your writing. It’s them.

No, this isn’t an analysis of a bad date. Publishers and editors have a perspective that we don’t know about. We don’t know what they have in hand. We don’t know what they want. We don’t know their plans.

Yes, even if you submit a fantasy novel to a publisher known for fantasy books. You’re on the right track submitting to the publisher, but the publisher may have specific things in mind that have nothing to do with the author or the book.

You don’t have teachers grading your papers — telling you what you need to fix. If you get an feedback of any kind, listen to it. Be thankful the publisher or editor took the time to provide it. Use it to help you grow.

You’re human, so you can’t help but take it personally despite knowing that it’s not personal. Take a moment. Take a deep breath. Talk to someone. Exercise. And then come back to it ready to do what writers all do — try again.

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From Writer to Writer: Donna Baier-Stein

Donna Baier-Stein Meet Donna Baier-Stein

I write stories, poems, a novel, and direct marketing copywriting. I have taught writing at NYU, Johns Hopkins, Gotham Writers Workshop and elsewhere. I am interested in editing and helping authors revise their work.

My poetry and prose have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Washingtonian, and many other journals and anthologies. My story collection Great Drawing Board of the Sky was a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards; and my novel FORTUNE received the PEN/New England Discovery Award and is now represented by William Morris Endeavor.

I’m also the founding editor of Bellevue Literary Review have been a freelance direct marketing copywriter since 1980. I have two nonfiction books on copywriting published by McGraw Hill and Thomson Shore.

Donna’s Advice for Writers

  • If possible, get comments from rejecting editors which you can incorporate into a rewrite. It is also very helpful to share your work with others.
  • Be diligent about doing revisions as soon as a piece of writing is returned to you.
  • Read your work out loud and listen for places you can cut over-long sentences or “dead” sections that aren’t properly dramatized.
  • Work with a professional editorial consultant to learn how to shape your work into a well-crafted story, poem, or novel.
  • Take courses in writing.
  • Read books about writing.
  • Practice your craft every day, even for one hour.
  • Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. (Very few authors write first drafts, final copy.)
  • Understand that writing is a process.
  • Learn to write early drafts without your editorial critic stopping the artistic flow. Then go back and edit ruthlessly.
  • Be patient and be persistent.

Connect With Donna

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From Writer to Writer: Wade Finnegan

Wade FinneganMeet Wade Finnegan

I embrace all types of writing because I enjoy the challenge. I consider myself a storyteller, but not in fiction. I like to tell the stories of others. I really enjoy the niche of outdoor writing and sports. (I took a hiatus to play professional golf.) I’m a people person.

Even though I’ve been writing for years, I still feel like a beginner.

Wade’s Advice to Writers is Simple

Keep going. Those who continue to push will be successful in the long run. There is room for all of us as writers, we just have to keep at it long enough to find our place.

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