Thursday, June 05, 2008

Mike Dellosso (Advice for Novelists, Part 52)

I'm pleased to be able to featured Mike Dellosso's advice today in our Advice for Novelists series. I've asked authors, agents, editors and publicists to answer the question:

"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"

It's been terrific to hear all the responses. If you're just joining us and would like to read the rest in the series, click here.

Take it away, Mike!


Three things. One, never give up. The road will be long and hard and seem endless. It will test your faith, your patience, and your resolve, but it’s doable. 100% of published writers didn’t give up. That’s the truth.

Two, find someone to champion your book, be it agent or editor. To go from manuscript to published novel, every work needs a champion. He or she is out there, you just have to keep looking.

Three, all that being said, remember your writing is a gift from God, even the desire to write is God-given, it’s part of that whole likeness of God thing, our drive to create. Remember for Whom it is you’re writing and that ultimately He’s in charge of your future in writing. Be willing to submit yourself to His will and write what and how He wants you to. Doing that, you can never go wrong.

--Mike Dellosso, author of The Hunted. Visit Mike online at his website.

1 comment:

Christina Berry said...

I love the statistic: "100% of published writers didn't give up." I sometimes wonder if I gave up, would success have been just around the corner? Keeps me going on the bad days!