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By Kerrie Flanagan
Life has a way of throwing us curve balls, making us question whether or not we should stay in this writing game. But if you stay at the plate, sooner or later one is thrown right down the middle, giving you the chance to hit it out of the park.
I continued to stay in the game because I held on to the dream of a home run.
Writer’s Digest has been part of my writing life from the very beginning. I learned early on that it was the place to turn for incredible resources like The Writer’s Market, Writer’s Digest Magazine and great writing books. These resources, guided me through the process, helped me through the emotional ups and downs that come with writing and they gave me the information I needed to succeed.
Over the years I have met some key players with Writer’s Digest. I had some editors present and keynote at the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conferences when I was director and I wrote articles for some of the WD publications. Last year a job opportunity opened up as a conference coordinator with Writer’s Digest. I applied and was offered the job. Letting go of Northern Colorado Writers, a group I founded eight years earlier, was not easy, but I knew it was in extremely capable hands with April Moore, so I took the job.
I felt like I hit a line drive into the outfield. I was going to get to help coordinate the Writer’s Digest conferences. I was going to be part of the team. I was even going to present at the conferences. I was thrilled. But, as I was rounding third base, I was tagged. Due to some restructuring in the company, the position I held for 6 months was being eliminated. I was out.
I sat on the bench, staring out on to the field. Wondering what I was going to do next. Do I get back out there or do I pack up and go home? Was it time to find something else to do?
This time, though as I rounded third base, there was a clear line to home base. A book proposal I submitted to Writer’s Digest Books for a Guide to Magazine Writing book, was accepted. The contract has been signed and I am now diligently working on this book that is scheduled to release in the fall of 2017. Home run!
Being a writer is not easy. Finding that success, whether that is getting a publishing deal, earning a living as a freelance writer or self-published author, or having a NY Times bestseller, doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard work. It takes practice. It takes showing up. But the writers who stay in the game; the ones who persevere, are the ones who will hit those home runs.