Monday, March 28, 2011

Encouragement for the Rookie Writer

Being an unpublished author can obviously be quite discouraging, and the current book selling climate isn't helping matters any. It's a financial risk for a publisher to take on a new author and it's much easier to go with tested novelists. Since publishing is a for profit industry, that makes perfect sense.

We're frequently told it's nearly impossible for the unpublished author to break in. Considering this, I would have thought a list of debut authors in one year's time would be short.

Clearly, I was wrong.

When, on a whim, I decided to create a list highlighting debut authors, I had no clue of the tremendous response it would garner. As of today, I have thirty books listed from several different genres. Books from well-known publishers to small publishers and even e-book publishers. The majority of those listed release by June. And more are coming.

Seeing this leaves me with tremendous hope. It's the improbable becoming possible. Thirty plus authors breaking in in single year? Why can't that debut author be you? Or me?

So, the next time you hear the naysayers claim it's impossible to break in, just look at this list and you'll know the truth.

There is hope for the rookie writer.


  1. Considering all of the "doom and gloom" I've been hearing about the publishing industry lately, this gives me great hope! Thanks, Brenda!

  2. You're welcome, Jerri. This project has really made me aware that the possibilities are out there. Sometimes a little hope is all we need to keep pressing on.

  3. Thanks Nicole. I hope it gives you added encouragement as well. You've got a gift with words & God will open doors for you.