Please welcome, Adelle Laudan to my blog today. She has a very inspiring story to share.
Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman who had a gift for the written word. This quote is only one of many she left us with. For whatever reason, this one comes to mind quite often.
In real life, not all dreams come true, at least not in the way we imagine them to. I always had a dream of being the next Nancy Drew with my own mystery series. A few years back, I wrote Dee Days, a middle grade mystery in which Deedee coincidentally had many of my own characteristics.
Quite some time later, I finally worked up the courage to submit it. I was thrilled beyond words, to not only sign a contract, but to sign one for the second book, Dee Nights as well. A few months later, I held my first print book in hand. Dee Days in Print! Everyone who read it loved it, including my parents. My father, a man I never pleased no matter how hard I tried, actually read my book and said the four words I longed my whole life to hear. “I’m proud of you."
Imagine my disappointment, not even a month later, the Publisher closed its’ doors. My debut novel would be no more. To make a long story short, getting my rights back and the wait for it to be taken down from various vendors went on for over two years.
I was disheartened, disillusioned and ready to file my book and my dream away forever, and I was seriously considering this until I get a phone call from my (then) 9 year old niece. Unbeknownst to anyone, she took my book Dee Days to school to do a book report. Her teacher enjoyed my book, and her report so much she had my niece present it to the class.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote came to mind. I dusted off Dee Days and combined it with Dee Nights, and submitted it. I recently signed a contract of which will bring my story back to life. Sometimes things don’t happen the way we plan and sometimes the publishing world can be difficult, and yes, sometimes painful. If you believe in yourself and your talent, dreams can and do come true.
Wow, thank you for sharing your writing journey, Adelle. So glad you had the courage to keep on persevering even when things didn't go well.
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