Saturday, September 10, 2011

Seers Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

Heather Frost was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised in a small Northern Utah town. She is the second oldest of ten children, and she loves her family very much. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. She has always been an avid reader, and reading and writing are among her most favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing the flute, listening to all types of music, and watching a wide variety of movies. Ever since she wrote her first short story—at the age of four—she has dreamed of one day becoming an author. Seers is her first published novel.
The Road to Author-dom
This topic is for all of you aspiring authors out there. I can introduce the subject best by typing out a single word: Rejection. It's something that all writers have to face on the road to author-dom, though of course that's not exactly a reassuring thought. In fact, rejection is one of those things many writers completely avoid thinking about until they're holding that polite white envelope in their trembling hands, swallowing back that choking wave of sudden fear. But before you burn your manuscript and start second guessing your dream to become published, allow me to let you in on a little secret: rejection is not a bad thing. Have I gotten your attention at least? Blow out the match before it burns your fingers, and keep reading.
           
If rejection isn't a bad thing, then what in the world is it? Surely it can't be a good sign? I admit, rejection isn't easy, and it was certainly not something that I looked forward to. I was terrified of rejection, and that kept me from sending out my work for a long time. Of course I'd read all the great quotes about taking chances to pursue your dreams, and they were all well and good, but I didn't feel like they covered the scary rejection letters sure to haunt me. All of my favorite authors had shared stories of their personal rejections, but my thought was always, If they were rejected so many times, what sort of chance do I stand?
           
It wasn't until I had a sort of epiphany while spreading mayonnaise on my ham sandwich one lazy afternoon that I changed my opinion on rejection letters. In that moment, I found my own simple philosophy. I was a writer, filing away story after story, just waiting for something magical to happen that would turn me into an author. But I wasn't getting any closer to becoming an author than I was to sprouting wings, and if I wanted to be an author, I needed to do something. I decided then and there that rejection letters would be my milestones. Each letter I received would be tangible proof that I had finished something—that I'd acted. This led to my new theory: a rejection letter is actually a success in disguise, because it means you put yourself out there. An editor can't reject something that didn't reach them, which means you couldn't be holding that letter unless you had sent your work out there. They couldn't tell me, “Dear Ms. Frost, we received such-and-such from you...”, unless I actually had sent such-and-such to them. And as long as I continued trying and putting myself out there, I was the one taking control of my dream.
           
If there's one thing I've learned through my rejections, it's that good things don't necessarily come to those who wait. I certainly wasn't getting any publication offers by waiting around. Instead, the saying should be, good things come to those who don't give up. Maybe my philosophy won't become your philosophy toward rejection letters, but just maybe you'll be able to greet your next rejection with a slightly different attitude.
           
I remember clearly the first rejection that I got. Sure, I was plenty disappointed. But I was able to force a smile and go out for ice cream that evening, knowing that a rejection letter isn't something that every writer gets. It was a piece of paper that proved I was willing to take the required steps to becoming an author. It was a sign that I was going in the right direction. 
SeersFor Kate Bennet, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O'Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble. Find out more at seersthebook.com.
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