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"I was extremely interested in this as the premise is aw-inspiring and captivating. Unfortunately, I will have to pass on your manuscript..." "This does not suit our needs at this time…" "This doesn't feel like a match for me, but thank you..." I received another painful rejection after rejection, after rejection. But what does not kill us… (you know the rest). I was still going forward despite any hard feelings I experienced, and it was paying off. With each day on my path,
Painful rejections, placed in a few horrible words “I will have to pass on your work at this time…”, rained down on me. Rejection hurt. (We started conversation about rejections in the previous blog post, so please read it first.) The matter of my narration was so delicate and dear to me, that the agents’ rejections or showed indifferences felt twice as painful. I saw myself totally naked on a pedestal in the center of a large and busy square, in the middle of a high traffic
Wise people say that rejections are inalienable parts of success. Back in 2017, I willingly and voluntarily chose to believe in such a theory in order to not lose my good spirit. As you can remember from my previous blog post, I sent that first pitch letter to twenty literary agencies across the country hoping to find an agent for my manuscript Girl, Taken. Four weeks later I started receiving responses that were all rejections. What do rejections really mean to people? Espec
As you can remember from the previous blog posts, my only desire at that time was to find a literary agent. I spent days creating a successful pitch letter - an enticing bait that could attract agents’ attention. (By the way, if you want to find a literary agent for your own book, you can write an effective pitch letter using the templates presented in my guide, located in Chapter 11 of this book: “From Zero to Self-published Hero”.) Let’s get back to the story. On that promi
As an author, I thought I achieved the majority of my goals and wanted a literary agent to see them within my work as well. I needed to represent my work nicely, served on a beautiful plate like a highly desirable gourmet dish. I learned that a great pitch letter could add that exotic flavor and luxury. (If you have never read my previous blog posts, please read them before this one – it will make a lot more sense. It’s part #13) I realized that a pitch letter serves as a del
To tell you the truth, I was overjoyed by the idea that I was able to create something that I could see and touch – a physical product, a manuscript, a future book – from essentially nothing – out of painful thoughts, deeply trampled memories and years of seeping heartaches. Have you read the previous blog post? If not, please go back and check it. I want you to know what the process of writing actually means to me. You will see - it’s pure magic. My first book - "Girl, Tak
I always believed it was a pipe dream. Until the day when I saw my very first and my very self-published book on the top of charts on Amazon. And I thought to myself: yes, I did it. (Of course, overwhelmed with feelings, I thought about it pretty loudly in my head, with about a thousand of exclamation marks.) Everything is possible when you really desire to achieve it. You just need to make that very first step. I’m sharing my success story hoping to inspire you and give you
Per aspera ad astra. I’ve always liked this Latin phrase, meaning “through hardship to the stars”. Ever since I decided to start a new career as a writer, the famous Latin saying has taken on a new meaning. I think that writing is a marvelous thing. But sadly, the action of writing is not always a path strewn with rose petals. The process of writing can be a complete and utter fiasco, when the moment strikes that every writer is afraid of – a writer’s block. When mine suddenl
With bated breath we wait for miracles to happen, thinking that miracle is only something significant and radically life changing. What about small miracles that happen every day through things that we love, through people that we admire, through friends that we unexpectedly acquired? Everyday small miracles DO happen, we just need to stop for a second and acknowledge them. Back then, in 2017, after a few months of sleepless nights, an ocean of tears and tons of memory tortur
Back then, the decision to write a book seemed incredible and even surreal. Little did I know that it would have a significant impact on my entire life. So, believe it or not, I started writing my very first book! Excited to the core I outlined my future narration and began drafting it in Russian – my native language. I planned to translate it into English and make both versions available for readers. I thought I needed to find a local writer who would be able to help me to g