Nov 15, 2015

About Suze: A Confession


Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer. When I was ten years old I started with poems and I kept writing them in high school. I've always been a fanatic letter writer and for years I was used to writing down everything that happened to me. A few years ago I started writing books as well. I finished a children's book in Dutch, then a novel in Dutch, then a YA book in English and after that a novella, also in English. I have a nearly finished Dutch NA book that only needs a few more pages and I finished an English children's book not too long ago. My secret is that I haven't submitted most of my work. 

I'm about to start a new project, but before I do that I'd like to take a good look at all of my manuscripts again, so I can start sending them to agents or publishers. I'm not sure if it's insecurity about my writing that prevents me from sending them. I think it's because I'm not ready to let people see my inner thoughts. I know I have to get over this before I'll start writing another book that nobody might ever read. I keep promising myself that next week is the time to start looking for someone who might like my work, but when the week is over I haven't gotten any further than the previous week and so on. Of course I can't fulfill my dream if I don't submit any manuscripts. 

I know rejection is part of the process as it is for every writer. I can take it. It's not fun, but I love writing, so don't let it discourage me. Even getting rejection letters would mean I've taken a step in the right direction, which is actually submitting something. I'm going to give it a try and change my ways though. Before the end of the year I want to show people both of my children's books. It's an end of the year resolution. I'm going to do it this time and will keep you all posted...

16 comments:

  1. Hi Suze! There's this great blog by Nathan Bransford, I think it's really helpful, look, for example, the post on query letters:
    http://blog.nathanbransford.com/search/label/Anatomy%20of%20a%20Good%20Query%20Letter
    Good luck!
    Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,
    Marta

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  2. Good Luck! My brother wrote a few children's books and my artist daughter illustrated them! Best wishes.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  3. Hi Suze ! I really admire your courage to put yourself out there! Even though it's scary, you'll just have to take the jump and really go for it. I always keep in mind that even JK Rowling got several rejection letters before her first Harry Potter book was accepted and published (still boggles me to be honest, seeing how many people absolutely love it now)... Instead of sending your manuscripts to strangers, you might want to start with close friends that you trust to give you honest and constructive feedback? If that goes well, it might not feel like such a big step to send it along to others...

    It just takes that one person to realize what a brilliant writer you are (going to be), and I am confident that you'll succeed. Keep pushing yourself and you'll be fine :) Since English is not my first language, I just stick to reading instead of writing :) It might not be good advice, but know that people support you and I'll keep my fingers crossed that your end of the year solution will come true!

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  4. There are many good writers that were rejected in their lives, like Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Frank Hebbert, J. K. Rowling, "Anne Frank". They didn't give up. So... go ahead! :D

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  5. I love reading your reviews and I can tell you are an awesome writer, I can't wait to see one published, I know it will be!

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  6. Hi Suze! you are amazing, you inspire, and make people happy with your giveaways. Thank you , I'm so happy to have found your blog :)

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  7. Being a writer was my childhood dream. I remember I had written a short fairy tale with my dad's typewriter and I had endless fantasy and imagination. I think I kind of had lost that dream as i grew up. So while you still have your dream or passion, I would say...don't let it go, keep the spirit and go for it. I wish for your success.

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  8. i'm sure that someone will se eteh worth of your writing so keep trying to make your dreams comes true no matter what

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  9. Someone said to me once that they were looking forward to reading one of my books to see the inner workings of my mind. That put me off publishing for about a year, until I realised that I don't judge an author by their book, I just read the story. Go for it. :-)

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  10. Hi Suze,

    I've done an awful lot of soul searching since Dad died suddenly in April and I've slowly come to the conclusion that life is just too damn short to worry about insecurities, rejection etc. Granted he was 81 but he always had definite plans to do things that got him through darker times.

    Fear is natural, fear is good, it keeps us safe, but if it's holding you back then you need to let go of that fear. If you're scared don't just blunder in and bare all but make a list of small, achieveable targets & start ticking them off one by one. Sometimes we just have to stretch ourselves, move out of our comfort zone, take a leap of faith and DO it. What's the point of someone saying 'she had so much potential', 'she could have done more', when we waste what little time we have caught up in worries? What's the worst that could happen? None of us really knows when our time is up and as the Irish say, 'sure you'll be a long time dead'!

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  11. I was where you are not so very long ago and it is very painful to let your work out into the world, I know. But I will just say this - do it - you will never know until you do. I wrote secretly because of my insecurities and no one I knew had any idea what I was up to. If you haven't already I would ask someone you trust to tell you the truth to read whatever you're going to submit first, I did and it was a huge relief to have someone say it was ok. I wish you the very best of luck and look forward to hearing how you get on :-)

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  12. Georgia's right - you won't know until you try. If it's what you want, go for it! Wishing you every success :)

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  13. I'm looking forward to seeing one of your books published. I know you can do it

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  14. Good luck Suze!Best wishes :)

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