Let Perseverance Be Your Guide To A HubNugget

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Qualities of Good Writer

When I first started forming this hub is my mind I can up with several differ ways to present it. The more I thought about it the more I was stymied as to the direction to take. I knew the subject was the one I wanted but I was so sure about how I wanted to use it. Should I talk about perseverance in relationship to everyday life? Or in relationship to personal matters? Or one of the other million things that came popping into my mind?

After much thought I decided to focus on perseverance concerning writers. As a writer one of the very most qualities we must possess is perseverance. Of course there are a ton of other qualities we must possess but without perseverance we kind of go in circles. It is perseverance that will ultimately carry us to the end to reach our goal. What are these other important qualities? I'm pretty sure you already know, them but I am going to put them down for you anyway.

We absolutely must have a streak of stubbornness a mile wide along with a drive to succeed as a writer. Without them we would crumbled at the first inkling of rejection. We also need to have an abundance of patience and a well developed attention to detail. Without patience how will you get through those periods of brain freeze and writers block? The attention to detail is so important when weaving a story. If you have no detail you just have blandness.

You definitely need to have faith and hope. Faith in yourself and your ability. You know you can write you just need the right person to recognize it. Every time you send out an article or send out a manuscript you need to have faith that the publishers will like it and hope that they will be sending that letter we all want. You know the one, "Congratulations, we would like to talk to you about publishing..."

You also need a very healthy ego. This might be the second most important quality. Without a healthy ego you will crumble the first time you receive a rejection letter. And believe me you must steel yourself for a stream of them. There are many, many famous authors out there who have received those rejection letters by the dozens. Yes, believe it or not there are authors that you know and love that have been rejected more times than you know. If they had given up think of some of the wonderful books we would have missed. What kept them trying? Perseverance.


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Rejected Authors Who Perservered

  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach ~ Received 18 rejection letters before Macmillan Publishers published his book in 1972. Imagine the sick feelings all of the other publishers felt after learning that that the book they turned down sold over 1,000,000 copies the first year.
  • The Peter Principle by Laurence Peter ~ Received 30 rejections before it was finally published by Bantam Books. One of the rejections, McGraw-Hill informed him, "I can foresee no commercial possibilities for such a book and consequently can offer no encouragement". (Barrow 1990) It sold more than 200,000 copies the first year.
  • M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker ~ Was rejected 21 times before the author went to W. C. Heinz for help. A year later William Morrow and Company agreed to publish the book. Little did they know what a prize they obtained. The book was rapidly tuned into an award winning movie and then to one of the most popular TV series known to man.
  • Carrie by Stephen King ~ Rejected 30 times. He was told they were "not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias". After receiving this note he threw the manuscript in the garbage. Luckily for us his wife pulled it out of the garbage and persuaded him to try one more time.
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell ~ Rejected 38 times before it was finally printed. This novel became the highest grossing movie in history. What a loss it would have been for all of us to have missed this romantic southern piece.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank ~ 16 publishers rejected this book. After the war the diary along with extra notes written by Anne herself er given to her father, Otto Frank, the only remaining family member. It was through his efforts and perseverance that we have this wonderful historical piece of literature. This piece of literature won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling ~ rejected 12 times before being picked up by Bloomsbury, a small London publisher. The reason they agreed to publish this book is because the 8 year old daughter of Bloomsbury, Alice Newton, couldn't get enough of the story. Even so J. K. was told to get her day job, she wouldn't have much of a chance as a children author.
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham ~ rejected by 28 publishers and 16 agents before Wynwood Press decided to take a chance with him. This much rejected book launcher John Grishams career.
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence ~ One publisher warned, "For your own sake please do not publish this" It was first privately printed in Italy in 1928. It took until 1960 for the full version to be published by Penguin. Back in it's time this caused quite a sexual revolution stir.
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie ~ Ms. Christie tried for four years to get a book published. The book was declared to be "not suitable for a publisher's list by one of the publishers who rejected it.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle ~ This wonderful childarenn's book was rejected a total of 26 times before being picked up by Farr er, Straus and Giroux. The year after it was published in 1962, it was awarded the Newbury Metal. It is one of the best selling children's novel of all time.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen ~ This writing team was turned down a grand old number of 140 times by publishers who felt that their series were "too positive" and that "anthologies don't sell". But did they give up? Thank goodness, no. Finally in 1993 the Health Communications gave them the chance they were waiting for. They have to this date sold over 80 million copies of their pieces in 37 languages.

These are just a few of the fabulous authors that found themselves on the recipient of not one or two but many rejections slips. Instead of giving up, they kept believing in themselves and working towards their goals and dreams. Some of them ultimately become published while others looked into ebooks and arranged to be epublished. Which ever way their book came to be known by the public, it certainly is a blessing.

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Just what is perseverance?

Perseverance is known by many names. It's quality is well known. Perseverance is what gets us to the end of our goal. It's that quality that keeps us going against all odds. It's that wonderful little stubbornness that keeps us from quiting.

Many people describe perseverance as hard work, commitment, patience, endurance, and fortitude. Others say it's being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint. Still others say it's the stubbornness that keeps you trying again and again, to keep on going even though there are obstacles and challenges. And of course we can't forget tenacity and persistence.

To me perseverance is all of these things thrown together. As you can see from the list above there were some excellent authors and books that were rejected. Fortunately for us these authors persevered. They never gave up.

As a writer we need to be able to be able to believe in ourselves, be stubborn enough to keep on sending out our writing, know in our heart that there is someone out there that will see just how publishable our work is and develop the hid of a rhino. We can't crumble and cry every time we receive a letter of rejection or someone leaves an unflattering comment on our hub. We need to keep picking ourselves up, bushing ourselves off, and try it again.

The hubs that are chosen every week are not chosen just for the heck of it. They are chosen because the writers follow rules, work hard, give it their all, keep on trying and believe in themselves. All of these qualities describe perseverance. Without perseverance we as writers are stalled in one spot. Without perseverance you will have a very hard time becoming published. So put on your big girl panties or big boy pants, grow a thick skin, pick yourself up and keep on trying.

What Makes a Great Hub?

  • Perseverance - keep on trying.
  • Capture your readers interest. Know your readers and what they want to read.
  • Make your hubs pleasant to the eye.
  • Make your hub the right length, it needs to be at least 400 words longs.
  • Encourage people to comment.
  • If you are writing a longer hub make sure you break it up into smaller, easy to read segments.
  • Make sure you do your research.
  • Use interesting and relevant pictures.
  • Draw the reader into your story or article.
  • Add a poll, they can really add to their interest.
  • Grammar and spelling are important.
  • Find a neat video that is relevant to your subject.
  • Create from the heart, not just for the bucks.

Which one of this week's Pets and Animals nominees is your favorite?

  • 37% 14 Fun Facts About Cats that You May not Know about!
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  • 6% Using Black Salve as an Alternative Treatment for Cancerous Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs
  • 11% Want a pet turtle? Follow these steps before you purchase.
  • 6% We Adopted A Peanut
  • 4% Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman: You Be The Judge!
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Which one of this week's Technology nominees is your favorite?

  • 6% Retro technology.. whatever happened to?
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  • 6% Customization Techniques To Improve Blogger Templates
  • 17% If It Quacks Like A Duck and Looks Like A Duck . . .
  • 17% Alternative energy: Benefits and controversies surrounding wind farms
  • 17% What's a “should have” in Creating a Blog?
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Which one of this week's Fashion and Beauty nominees is your favorite?

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Comments 29 comments

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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Great job, perseverance pays off - great hub as way of introducing HubNuggets!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Whenever I feel discouraged, I should return to this Hub to be reminded of the importance of persistence and perseverance!

This week's nominees are lovely. I've reviewed them again and cast my votes. Thanks for the lovely presentation!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I think this Hub is quite encouraging to anyone that might have received a rejection notice may fear receiving one, or has had to edit a Hub to correct or update info. I see people printing it out and hanging it beside their home computers!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Suzie HQ, thanks. You have to have a healthy heaping of perseverance to write these days.

Simone, I have to remind myself. There are some really gret nominees this week. I can't wait to see how it goes.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Patty. I was amazed to see the rejections collected by some of our great writers.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Well said, Gal - that is one of my daughter-in-law's favorite sayings "Put on your big girl panties and deal with it." Love it! Love the hub! Congrats to all the nominees!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Another great HubNuggets hub and have enjoy reading about other who been rejected in their quest to get their books published, it is encouraging to see they never gave up, awesome ! My votes are in good luck to everyone !

Awesome hub and SHARING !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

RedElf, It's one of my favorites also. Thanks. I join you in the good wishes to a great group of nominees.

Thank you kashmir56. Somehow it does help to know that we are not alone in the rejection area. A little perseverance goes a long way.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. It took me 2 years to find a partner to help me publish my poetry. As easy as it is now-a-days wonder who is more disabled, people or me?


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Very inspiring. To know that even great writers have faced rejection and all that it entails, provides me with hope. Perseverance will eventually lead to a certain level of success which is built precept upon precept.

We are very fortunate here at hubpages, as writers, to have the opportunity to have our work critiqued by experts. As we engage in the opportunity to re-write and edit our hubs, we grow. We learn by doing.

I have added my vote to the nominees above. Thanks to our hubpage krewe who devote their time on our behalf. Sharing this hub is an honor.

We, as writers, need to read and apply this guide.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I loved all those rejected books and some of its movie counterparts. Publishers are so blind (hmp!).

By the way, I'm interested on Cat's Fun Facts I May Not Know About, wrinkles removal in natural ways and 100% True Facts of earning money online. So, I commend those three hubs.

Voted up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Mhatter99, two years doesn't seem quite so bad when you think about it taking Agatha Christie 4 years to get published. Good Luck.

vocalcoach, I read somewhere that you cann't consider yourself a real writer until you amass a drawer full of rejections. We are indeed lucky here on hubpages. It gives us a chance to hone our skills in friendly territory.

travel man1971, I'm sure some of those publishers are still kicking themselves for rejecting all of those wonderful authors.

Good Luck to all the nominees. Don't forget - every vote counts.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Great writers have always faced rejection... true writers are rejected. Your time WILL come!!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

acaetnna, rejection is just a part of writing. This too will pass.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub KK Gals. Enjoyed. :) (and voted).


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Congratulations to all the nominees! And perseverance is my word for the day. I love it Gal! Thank you! :D


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Denise Handlon, thanks.

ripplemaker, I'm trying to make perseverence my word for everyday. :)

Thanks.


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jmartin1344 4 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

Loved a lot of these hubs!

Definitely liked the one about the sheltered dog. As soon as I have the cash I'm heading to the shelter myself!

Great job to all the nominees!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

jmartin1344, we have some really great hubs to choose from this week. Good luck to all.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

After reading about the rejections of those who went on to publish and become household names, it is a lesson in persistence. And that old...'if at first you don't succeed' saying we have heard for so long.

Now I settle in to read some of the hubs..there may be one of those unknowns who will become known right in these hubs.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

pstraubie48, perseverance is the key. There are some great new writers. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.


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kartik ahir 4 years ago from India

really great hub and motivating for a new hubber like me.........................


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kartik ahir, thank you. Welcome to HubPages


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Its nice and encouraging hub....all votes up and shares as well.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dghbrh, thanks for voting and sharing.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love your inspirational intro. It does take a lot of persistence and even a stubborn streak to keep writing. There will always be rejection and criticism (and Google Panda!). I look forward to reading the nominees' hubs and voting. Thanks!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

vespawoolf, thank you for your wonderful comments. It's true, to be a writer you need to get used to rejection.


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire

Still trying to learn the ways of the Hub-so thank you for this article. The longer I participate in Hubpages, the more I learn and, with luck and much hard work, I shall improve. I'm looking forward to the day that I earn an awarded. It may not e necessary to validate my skills as a writing, but certainly would put a smile on my face.

Best Regards,


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

alifeodesign, I still learn something all the time about Hubpages. Good luck with your writing.

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