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Memories

Facebook does a thing where they show you posts that you made on this date however many years ago, as a "Facebook Memory" (and yes, this goes horribly wrong when it reminds you of terrible things that happened). Today my memory post was:

April 21, 2010 ·

started writing another new book today, because hope seems to spring eternal.

The book I'm talking about there is actually The Siren Depths. At this point, I'd already written The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea, as well as Emilie and the Hollow World, and none of them had sold. (I'd also written the beginnings of a handful of novels that all died on the vine.) The Cloud Roads had been making the rounds of publishers since around August of 2008 and was being rejected because they couldn't understand it or couldn't sell it because it was weird or because my last book (The Gate of Gods in 2005 hadn't sold well enough) or just no reason in particular. Emilie and the Hollow World was also starting to collect its share of rejections.

On April 21, 2010 and I was still writing, but also in the process of winding down my career, refusing invites to local conventions and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. On June 25, 2010, I got word that Night Shade Books had offered for The Cloud Roads.

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::sighs::

This always gives me hope for my chances of coming back ;o)

Just keep at it. The only thing that truly kills one's writing career is to stop writing. When you stop writing, there's no chance of anything happening again.

So glad things turned around for you!

Thank you! It's been more than I thought I could hope for. :)

(Yeah, those memories things can be fun, like it brought up a huge snowstorm we had a few years back on a day was pushing 80F this year, but on the other hand you also get one-year-ago-today "this is the day your beloved dog died!" Thanks FB. Thanks a lot.)

SO GLAD YOU KEPT WRITING! <33333333333 Because the world needs Moon and Jade and Stone and Pearl and Emilie and everything else *nodnod* You just never know where the road will lead.

Thank you! :) I'm very glad I didn't give up, even if it was tempting at times.

I'm so glad you didn't give up! I just finished rereading the three main books in the series in preparation for the new 4th one, and rereading them reminded me how much I love them. So excited to start reading #4, and it just goes to show that you never know how things will work out, in this case for the better!

Thank you! I've found out that's been very true in my career, that some of the things that seemed like disasters at the time actually worked out for the best in the long run.

I'm so glad things turned around for you! I love the Raksura books, and I just reread The Wheel of the Infinite and thoroughly enjoyed it all over again.

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