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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest Post: How to Avoid the Rejection Blues with Molly Cochran Author of Poison (Legacy #2)


Welcome to my stop on the Poison blog tour hosted by Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book and A Life Bound by Books.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Release Date: December 4, 2013
Author: Molly Cochran
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books
Length: 368 pages

Arthurian legend mixes with modern-day witchcraft in this haunting sequel to Legacy, which Publishers Weekly said “should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller.

After the riveting—and romantic—events of Legacy, Katy has won Peter’s heart and is now claiming her place in the magical world. Though half the students at her boarding school come from witching lines, the use of magic is expressly forbidden at Ainsworth, so as to keep the witching world hidden from the blue-blooded preppies, aka Muffies, who also walk the halls.

But the Muffies have at least a notion of magic, because Katy catches them staging a made-up ritual—and to her astonishment, the girls collapse at Katy’s feet and fall into comas. When Katy is blamed, she becomes desperate to clear her name and finds herself battling all odds to harness her growing magical powers in order to save the Muffies and dispel the Darkness once more.

So How Do You Avoid the Rejection Blues?

Molly: There’s no point in beating around the bush about this: If you can’t stand rejection, find another line of work.
            Because you cannot be a professional writer—or artist of any kind, really—without experiencing more than your share of getting kicked in the ego.
            I hope I've made that perfectly clear. Rejection is a writer’s daily fare. Every time you or your agent tries to sell a book of yours, you will probably be rejected by every publisher you send it to except for the one who buys your manuscript.
            I say “probably” because there are some exceptions. If you are already an extremely well known author who has decided to leave your publisher, you’ll likely get more than one acceptance when you send your next novel around. Don’t fit into that category? Right, neither do I. Also, if you have written something so groundbreaking that it makes the evening news and a feature article in People Magazine, you may get more than one offer on your book. This actually happens sometimes, but with about as much frequency as the Catholic Church conferring sainthood. In fact, if it happens to you, it might be a good idea to email the Pope, because a miracle will have occurred.
            For the rest of us, only one way remains to avoid rejection by publishers: Publish yourself. Oh, wait. Then you get rejected by libraries, which won’t stock your books; bookstores, which won’t sell your books; reviewers, who won’t review your books; and readers, who will assume that you’re not very good, regardless of the quality of your books.
            So there’s no way around rejection. Whatever we do, it’s inevitable that someone will not love us, so the best course of action is just to suck it up and accept rejection as the price we must pay for getting to do what we want.
            And—I’m serious here – that is what it’s all about, isn't it? Doing what we want? Okay, it’s not fun to work all day at another job, or give up every evening and weekend for a year or more in order to write a novel. There’s nothing enjoyable about facing an endless stream of cold-hearted agents and snooty editors. Nobody wants to be approached by greedy “packagers” who promise fame and fortune and then deliver nothing, all the while digging into your pockets for more money.
            What? you may ask. Are you crazy? Who’s going to put up with all that just to keep writing? For most people, that’s just too much rejection. Forget the damned book. You don’t need this.
            Ah, but some of us do need it. I need it, and maybe you do, too. You see, a writer isn't someone who likes to write. It’s someone who needs to write. In the end, that’s the only question you have to ask yourself: Do I need this?
            The rest—the rejections, the humiliation, the frustration, the heartache—that’s just the fight to get your work read. It’s a necessary adjunct to, but not more important than, the main point of a writer’s existence, which is to write.
            If you've been through the Rejection Blues, you may feel as if your lifeblood has spilled over your keyboard, but that’s not true. Rejection hurts nothing but your ego, and you don’t need a big ego to be a good writer. All you need is the willingness to keep writing.
            So when all the agents and editors have turned you down, when your friends have had a good laugh at your expense, when there’s no one left to turn to for a pat on the back, that’s when you have to shut the blinds, sit down, dry your tears, staunch your wounds, and go on writing.
            Because you’re a writer, and that’s what you do.

About the Author:

Links: Site | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Molly Cochran, author of the teen paranormal romances LEGACY and POISON, has written 26 published novels and four nonfiction books under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her books include New York Times bestselling novels GRANDMASTER and THE FOREVER KING, coauthored with Warren Murphy, and the nonfiction DRESSING THIN, also a NY Times bestseller. She has won awards from the Mystery Writers of America (Best Novel of the Year), the Romance Writers of America (Best Thriller), and the New York Public Library (Outstanding Books for the Teen Age).

SEDUCTION, the third installment in the LEGACY series, is scheduled for release later this year through her publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Two eBooks, THE TEMPLE DOGS and THE FOREVER KING, are currently available through online retailers. A third, GRANDMASTER, will be available soon.

Molly has lectured extensively and has taught writing at the college level as well as at a women's prison (where she was NOT an inmate). She also writes a blog on writing technique which appears on her website, MollyCochran.com. She is also on Facebook at facebook.com/molly.cochran1 and Twitter at Twitter.com/mollycochranYA.

She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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