The art of winning and losing in the writing biz

 

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Was I surprised? Let’s make that FLOORED. I was sitting in California while my agent was busily accepting my 2014 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense in St. Louis. I did not imagine my crazy jungle novel would win anything, especially not when my fellow finalist was the amazing Irene Hannon.

Winning is sweet. And let me tell you, it doesn’t happen frequently, at least, not to me. I’ve got a few nifty awards, and I’ve got a raft of rejections, scathing reviews and such and sundry.  I’ve discovered that the winning and losing doesn’t come from these external things. So when do I consider that I’ve won?

1. When I get a letter in my post office box from someone that I’ve touched. They tenderly share their lives with me because we connected over a book. That’s a win. That’s precious. That’s from God.

2. When my teen girls say, “See, mom? Aren’t you glad you didn’t give up?” Believe me, they’ve seen me plenty discouraged, but they’ve also witnessed the gritted teeth, the fingers flying and the steadfast determination which is what I want to see in them when times get tough. That’s a win. That’s precious. That’s from God.

3.  When my hubby says, “You see? I’d knew you’d win.” He’s always been my humble supporter, the man who does everything from fix my computer to read my romance novel drafts, the poor burly man. He’s in my corner through the rejections, the scathing reviews and reader rants. He’s a winner, he’s precious, he’s from God. How could I ask for a better award than a husband like that?

What do you think makes you a winner? Last chance to enter the September contest for a signed book , a Starbuck’s card and a fall treat.

 

 

14 responses to this post.

  1. Congratulations on winning a Carol award!! You’re a talented writer and deserve it. What do I think makes me a winner? Well…yesterday I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with the love of my life. This makes me a winner. Acknowledging that everything good comes from our loving Creator, and appreciating that daily also makes me a winner. The older I get the more I realize that it’s the non-tangible things, the simple things that we relish, enjoy and give thanks for that makes us winners.

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  2. Oh wow. What a question. That I choose to surround myself with talented people who both encourage and challenge me.

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  3. What an exciting win for you! But those other wins ARE more important, I agree!
    I don’t write for awards, or even sales, though those would be sweet! My two “wins” for today; my brother told me he thinks I have a real gift for weaving a story. My husband was researching “Simon Kenton books”, and found my name and book as #4!!!! (Simon Kenton, famous Ohio frontiersman, is a character in my historical fiction.)

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  4. Posted by Jeannie on September 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I agree with you and the others – perseverance, hard work and touching others are rewards, too. I especially feel rewarded when I know God’s placed someone in my path and we have a connection and I’ve represented Him well. Sometimes I get a thank you and other times I get nothing from anyone here on earth but to know I’ve pleased my Heavenly Father; that’s what keeps me going. Congratulations on your award! Enjoy, you earned it!

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  5. Posted by Elizabeth Dent on September 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    A winner to me is someone who never gives up . Love your books Dana and congratulations .

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  6. A winner to me is someone who presses on in spite of insurmountable odds:))) congrats on your win Dana! Well deserved:)

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  7. Congrats on your win. I’d say perseverance is the best way to finally come out on top. Keep on writing!

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