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The Writing Game: An essay by Amber Combs

Anyone who has ever tried to get anything published knows that rejection is just part of the process, and a rather large part; however, all potential authors should know that to get somewhere in the literary world, you have to push forward and not let the rejection slips dissuade you from following your chosen path in spite of how they might pile up. If those refusals do manage to get you down, though, then just think about all the authors who didn’t give up.
We all know J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. Her books and the subsequent films have made her, to date, the richest author in the world. But what you might not know about is the difficulty Rowling had getting the first Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Sorcerer’s Stone here in the United States), published. Rowling submitted her work to twelve publishing houses, including Harper Collins and Penguin, before she finally managed to strike a deal with Bloomsbury. Her success was largely due to a little girl named Alice Newton, the daughter of a Bloomsbury chairman who demanded to read the next chapter of the book immediately after finishing the first. After a first printing that turned out only 1,000 copies, Rowling was encouraged to get a day job to supplement what the publishers warned would be very little money. As of April 2012, J.K. Rowling is valued at a net worth of approximately one billion dollars.
Judy Blume also found herself facing poor prospects in publishing her novels. For two years, Blume received nothing but rejections whenever she submitted her work to publishers. Highlights for Children, a famous children’s magazine, sent her a form letter stating that her writing “[did] not win in competition with others.” Blume refused to give up:
“ I would go to sleep at night feeling that I’d never be published. But I’d wake up in the morning convinced I would be. Each time I sent a story or book off to a publisher I would sit down and begin something new. “
Still, nine probably seems like a very small number to a lot of prospective authors who have been writing for more than two years with no success in the publishing arena. Perhaps a more encouraging story is one about a certain man who received more than 800 rejections before he sold a single piece of writing. This man was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame and Nevill Coghill, known for his modern English translation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. He taught at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge colleges in England and was an exceptionally prolific writer of both academic and popular novels. Most people know this man for his creation of the popular fantasy world of Narnia. That’s right; this man, this champion of rejection, was C.S. Lewis.
Writing is a hard game in which to make any progress. Talent isn’t the only thing required. As Judy Blume once said, it takes hard work and determination to make progress, and sometimes it can take years to receive one kind word about your writing. Still, don’t let that dissuade any of you potential authors out there. You never know how far you can get until you try! For an extra helping hand, stop by the library and check out one of our books on publishing!

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Fiction

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Looking For Yesterday by Marcia Muller

Black House by Stephen King

The Prodigal Son by Coleen McCullough

 

Non-Fiction

The Art of Men by Kirstie Alley

Desperate Sons by Les Standiford

 

Young Adult Fiction

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

 

DVD

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Storm Chasers

Blade Runner

Greatest Classic Films Western Adventures

 

Juvenile DVD

Mary Poppins

My Neighbor Totoro

 

Juvenile Non-Fiction

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

Do You Know Dewey? By Brian Cleary

 

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Christy’s Review of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I may be the lone voice on this one, but I loved J.K. Rowling’s new novel, The Casual Vacancy.  I was prepared to dislike it because I have such affection for the Harry Potter series, and I usually hate it when writers change genres.  However, I found the novel to be highly entertaining, with rich complex characters and a plot that surprises until the end.  The story begins in the town of Pagford, England with the death of a beloved council member and follows the treachery that ensues during the election of his replacement.  Rowling shows a unique talent for bringing characters to life and surely draws on her own experiences to illuminate the class warfare that is being waged under the surface of Pagford.  If you like action-packed, mind-twisting mysteries, then this book is not for you.   It is a story about the inner workings of the lives of “muggles,” if you will—you could picture the Dursleys from the Harry Potter series fitting into the little town of Pagford quite easily—but the real magic is in the details of the mundane lives of its citizens.  The themes are timely, the writing is excellent, and I highly recommend this book.

 

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New Books 11-6-2012

 

New Fiction

Ten Mile Valley by Wayne Overholser

The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter by Susan Hahn

The Black House by Peter May

Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries

 

Nonfiction

God Loves You by David Jeremiah

Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luick by Anthony Tjan

Mean Girls at Work by Katherine Crowley

A Dog Named Boo by Lisa Edwards

The Appalachian Trail

 

Young Adult

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

London Eye by Tim Lebbon

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

Balthazar by Claudia Gray

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Beyond by Graham McNamee

Zom-B by Darren Shan

Origin by Jessica Khoury

The Twinning Project by Robert Lipsyte

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Starting From Here by Lisa Bigelow

Tempted by P.C. Cast

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant

 

 

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