Wednesday, May 9, 2012

GUEST BLOGGER NANCY HERRIMAN ON "PERSEVERANCE" ... And Giveaway!!


Julie, here, and it's no secret that I absolutely LOVE everything Irish!! So, it's little wonder that I jumped at the chance to read the debut book of today's guest blogger Nancy Herriman when our mutual agent Natasha Kern asked. A very smart move, it turns out, because The Irish Healer was everything I'd hoped for and more. Here is my endorsement: "Possibly one of the best regencies I have ever read, The Irish Healer is a haunting love story that held me spellbound me from the first sentence to the last, denying me sleep until the wee hours of the morning. A stunning debut for Nancy Herriman." Without further ado, please welcome a dear friend and fellow lover of all things Irish, Nancy Herriman:

Perseverance….
 
I can very clearly recall the worst rejection I ever received. For you writers out there, can you? Mine came on a bright sunny summer’s day, a few weeks after I had mailed a slew of agent queries, a few weeks spent breathlessly watching both the physical and electronic mail box for a kind letter asking for more. Which I was certain would come. And then it arrived, this tiny blue postcard with a generic three-sentence rejection basically saying ‘not interested’ but sounding an awful lot like ‘why would we bother with you?’. The salutation wasn’t even addressed to me personally. Couldn’t they see all the blood, sweat and tears I’d poured into that query? Didn’t I deserve a ‘Dear Nancy’? Didn’t I deserve a kind word or two encouraging me to persevere, to soldier on?

I know I shouldn’t complain, because I’ve heard worse stories, of authors (now bestselling) who were told to never contact the particular agent/editor again, that they should stop writing and find another job, that no one but no one was interested in such a story and they would never sell. Ever. So I suppose my little blue generic postcard wasn’t all that bad, in the greater scheme of things. At the time, though, I was angry and then I cried and then I threw it in the trash can. Now, I rather wish I’d kept that postcard. A memento of the many barriers, the many negatives in this business we writers both love and loathe in, often, equal measure.

After more than 10 years of writing and several manuscripts, both finished and unfinished that have been consigned to the metaphorical box-under-the-bed, I finally wrote the book that would make it easy to smile over that postcard. In the end, the terse rejection toughened me, and made me all the more grateful for the day when my agent called with those blessed words that someone wanted to buy The Irish Healer. All the more aware that, if I had quit after that rejection and the others like it, I would never have enjoyed seeing my words in print, at last.

The need to persevere doesn’t end with that first contract, however. Only in hushed conversations do published authors reveal the dark truth that Life-After-The-Call can be more fraught with stress and upset than Life-Before-The-Call. That it’s harder to receive a negative comment from a reviewer than it is to get one of those generic rejections in the mail. That your career as a published author is never certain. That balancing deadlines with your ‘regular life’ can be challenging and sometimes dispiriting. For example, here is my past year went:  I received The Call, went through the multi-step editing process, wrote my contractual second book, began work on publicity for The Irish Healer, all while getting a diagnosis of breast cancer and enduring surgery and five months of chemotherapy. Oh, and I still have children at home! Thank heavens for the support of precious friends and the enduring strength obtained through faith, or else I might have given up.

So, here are my parting words of encouragement for all writers in all stages: persevere. If I can overcome nearly a dozen years of rejection and life-changing health issues, so can you. And if you get one of those generic rejection postcards, keep it.


A blurb about The Irish Healer:

Acquitted of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal and vows to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities—or God’s mercy. When a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, though, she is forced to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Together, they will have to face their darkest fears...and learn what it means to have real faith.


Bio:
Nancy Herriman abandoned a career in Engineering to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She hasn’t looked back. When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or singing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day. You can learn more at her website, www.nancyherriman.com, where you will also find a link to the opening chapter of The Irish Healer along with a book trailer.

If you participate in social media, please join her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Author.NancyHerriman or on Twitter (@Nancy_Herriman).

In addition, one lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win a copy of The Irish Healer in either print form or audio book. Good luck!

123 comments:

Mary Curry said...

Nancy this is such a wonderful post - and such a timely match for the new ACFW blog post about listening to God's call to write - even if no one ever buys your book.

Wishing you all the best. The book sounds terrific - and with Julie's ringing endorsement, I'm hooked!

Vince said...

Hi Nancy:

I’m of Irish heritage and very interested in things Irish. Does much of your book take place in Ireland? If not, is there a special reason why you selected an Irish heroine? Also is your book a genre Regency with the ton and all that? 1832 seems late for a Regency. I tried to watch the trailer but could not find it on your website. Can you tell us if your next book is part of a series? Did you get to visit Ireland?

I ask a lot of questions but then I read a lot of books. : )

I hope you now enjoy fine health and now that the ice is broken you'll publish one book after another. The Seekers are a fine example of this.

Vince

vmres (at) swbell (dot) net

Melissa Jagears said...

I've been "blessed" that my first rejection was a personal one and a page long, and it wasn't "please never write again" :) Seems my challenge is needing to persevere through my own rejections, the "I'm not good enoughs"

pol said...

Hello Nancy, good to see you here, this looks like a wonderful story to read in "The Irish Healer" so glad that you did persevere in your writing. I think that is so true it should be the attitude we have in everything in life "persevere"-dont give up or quit, just keep on. I enjoy reading many different types of books mostly though the Historical romance type. thanks for sharing today.

Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

Kirsten Arnold said...

Hi Nancy!

THE IRISH HEALER sounds wonderful!! How did I miss this book coming out? Well I'll be heading over to Amazon on swift keys after I finish here. :o)

Thank you so much for this post. I received the "Dear Author..." rejection a few days ago and like you I was frustrated, wondering if they even read my query since they couldn't remember my name. But isn't is wonderful how, after giving us time to grumble, God continues to push us to write more, send more queries, and persevere because each rejection is one step closer to the agent/editor He has for us.

Jackie said...

Hi Nancy,
I received a rejection two days ago and trying to pull myself out of the dumps. So, you've given me hope to keep on trying.
I hope you're in good health now and able to enjoy the release of you book. It sounds great.
Thanks for sharing with us today.
Jackie L.

Kav said...

Hi Nancy,

I LOVED The Irish Healer!!!! In part of my review I said: "It was such a thrill to read that I raced right through but then tried to put the brakes on towards the end because I wasn't ready for it to be over!" And I still get a thrill just thinking about that story! It was definitely a memorable read.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on perseverance. You're definitely an example of that! And God bless you as you continue to regain your health.

And, at the risk of sounding greedy, any idea of when your next book will be released?

Julie Lessman said...

TOP O' THE MORNIN' TO EACH AND EVERY ONE ... AND WELCOME TO OUR IRISH LASS, NANCY HERRIMAN!!

In honor of Nance today, we'll go with our typical Irish breakfast of bacon rashers, sausages, fried eggs with sauteed mushrooms, white pudding, black pudding, toast and fried tomato, brown soda bread and fried potato farl, boxty or toast accompanied by a strong Irish breakfast tea such as Barry's Tea, Lyons Tea, or Bewley's breakfast blend served with milk.

And for the non-Irish in the bunch, we've got peach blintzes, chocolate chip pancakes and Western Omelots with hazelnut coffee, so dig in!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Nance, one of my first rejections was scrawled across my very own query letter -- not even the courtesy of a letterhead -- and it said something to the effect of: No interest in this project.

My second worst one was more official and came from a well-known editor who complained about the "vitriole" between the sisters, Faith and Charity O'Connor, as well as a war-related ending that she/he felt should have gone the other way.

Both of those rejections hurt (as did the other 43), but you're right -- perseverance is absolutely key in this biz.

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

KIRSTEN SAID: "But isn't is wonderful how, after giving us time to grumble, God continues to push us to write more, send more queries, and persevere because each rejection is one step closer to the agent/editor He has for us."

OH, AMEN AND AMEN, Kirsten!!! With that kind of attitude, I gotta believe you are sooooo close ... :)

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

KAV!!! I am SO glad you got to read The Irish Healer too -- I absolutely LOVED it and want to know when Nancy's next is coming out as well, so Nance???

Hugs,
Julie

Jeanne T said...

Nancy, what beautiful encouragements today. Thank you! I hope to query later this year, and I'm already trying to gear my head and heart for the probable rejections I'll receive. :)

Thanks for sharing of your challenges after you received, "The Call." I think yours has been one of the more challenging roads I've read about.

I'm so glad God gave you what you needed to walk through that season victoriously. My mother also had breast cancer. Do you see that trial in your life ever playing a role in one of your books?

The Irish Healer sounds like an incredible story. I look forward to reading it!

Jessica Nelson said...

Your heroine sounds intriguing! I can't imagine going through the book stuff with those health issues...wow, hope you're free of the cancer now!
I'll be keeping my eye out for this story.

Emily C. Reynolds said...

Great interview! Thanks for the encouragement to keep going, and for the reminder that every stage in life has it's challenges. Thinking "if only I had ____, then I'd be happy," is easy to succomb to, but it's not good. We have to learn to be okay with the process and the growing.

Best wishes for the success of your debut! It sounds *awesome*!
-Emily

Melanie Dickerson said...

Great post, Nancy! And so true! The very worst rejection I've ever gotten--and I've had some really painful ones--came earlier this year, after the release of my second book with Zondervan. I won't go into details, but it was heart-breaking and felt very personal. This business is such an emotional roller-coaster. That's what I thought before I got published, but honestly, I think it's been worse since I got published. Not that I'm complaining! But perseverance definitely STILL is a must.

I can't imagine how you dealt with all the stress of promoting a first book and writing a second contracted one AND going through breast cancer and chemo. Wow, girl. You deserve a purple heart or something! I can relate on a much smaller scale. A couple of weeks before my first book came out, we found out my husband was losing his job. And he's been home with me ever since--almost two years now. Still hasn't found a job. But God provides. He provides the perseverance as well as the more tangible things!

He is faithful.

Congrats on your debut novel! I have heard great things about it, and since I love Regencies, I know I need to read it!!!

Patty Wysong said...

Thanks so much for this encouraging post. What a year you've had! (and I moan over headaches. I'm such a wimp. LoL) Thanking God for this book for you. It looks wonderful!!

Nancy Herriman said...

Thank you Mary! I hope you enjoy it!

Pam Hillman said...

Oh, Nancy, we have to narrow it to ONE?

Let’s see, one of my worst was the day I got the call in the morning that I had double-finalled in RWA’s Golden Heart contest.

When I got home from work that day, I found a rejection letter in the mailbox on the full from a publishing house. For one of the manuscripts that had finalled in the GH.

Ouch.

The Irish Healer sounds like an awesome book! Congrats on your debut release!

Nancy Herirman said...

Vince - my book is not set in Ireland at all, actually. It opens with my heroine leaving for England. I selected an Irish heroine because, as the granddaughter of immigrants, I have always been fascinated by the immigrant story, and the story of the time that I found most touching is that of the Irish.
The Irish Healer is not technically Regency - I would say it's more Victorian in tone, although it predates that period by a few years. And the book is not currently part of a series (my next book is set in San Francisco) although I intend to begin work on a sequel featuring my heroine's cousin, Claire.

Lastly, sadly, I haven't had a chance to visit Ireland, although I have been to England.

And thank you for your well wishes!

Nancy said...

Melissa - if you received a personal rejection that was a page long, you ARE blessed! ;-) Indeed, yes, turn off those negative voices and keep writing!

Nancy said...

Paula - thank you for the kind words and yes - persevere!

Nancy said...

Kirsten - I hope you enjoy the book and yes, don't give up. If you feel God's call to write, heed it! You won't regret it.

Nancy said...

Jackie - I confess when I was getting rejections, I got to the point where I wouldn't even read them past the first sentence or two. LOL! Put them aside rapidly, gather your courage around you (and it helps to have a sympathetic shoulder to sob on) and continue on. You can NEVER succeed if you don't try.

My best,

Nancy said...

Kav - THANK YOU for loving The Irish Healer! And, hopefully, my next book will be out in about a year. Yes, the wheels of publishing grind exceptionally slowly....

Nancy said...

"Nance, one of my first rejections was scrawled across my very own query letter -- not even the courtesy of a letterhead -- and it said something to the effect of: No interest in this project."

Okay, Julie, you've got me beat here! ;-)

Nancy said...

"My mother also had breast cancer. Do you see that trial in your life ever playing a role in one of your books?"

Jeanne - I've been asked this a lot, as you might imagine, and I haven't decided. Perhaps I'm still a little too close to it to want to plumb those depths as yet.

And it has been a challenging road but one that has shown me such grace that I, in some ways, feel very blessed.

Nancy said...

"I can't imagine going through the book stuff with those health issues.."

Jessica - I'm immensely grateful I had the book to work on, because it gave me something to think about besides my health!

Nancy said...

"Thinking "if only I had ____, then I'd be happy," is easy to succomb to, but it's not good. We have to learn to be okay with the process and the growing."

Absolutely, Emily. Thinking 'if only' is self-defeating, because often, if you achieve it, you're still unhappy!

And thanks for the good wishes...

Nancy said...

"This business is such an emotional roller-coaster. That's what I thought before I got published, but honestly, I think it's been worse since I got published."

Melanie, I have heard this from other published authors, so I know you're not alone in this sentiment! And my thoughts and prayers to your husband and you - it's very difficult to be jobless but faith, I'm sure, will continue to see you through.

Nancy said...

"What a year you've had! (and I moan over headaches. I'm such a wimp. LoL)"

Patty - I moan over headaches too. ;-)

Nancy Herriman said...

"Let’s see, one of my worst was the day I got the call in the morning that I had double-finalled in RWA’s Golden Heart contest.
When I got home from work that day, I found a rejection letter in the mailbox on the full from a publishing house. For one of the manuscripts that had finalled in the GH."

Oh, Pam, talk about the good with the bad!!! This business is always full of such contradictions, isn't it?

Sandra Leesmith said...

Morning Nancy and welcome to Seekerville. What a great and inspiring story. We all have such different routes we take to get off of unpubbed island.

That's what I love about writers. We all come from such different backgrounds, life experiences and trials. It is inspiring to hear all the ways God works in our lives.

Thank you for coming and JULIE thanks for the Irish fare for breakfast. Yummmmm

Have fun today.

Andrea Strong said...

Nancy~

I so appreciate these stories of perseverance. I haven't finished any manuscripts, so I haven't had any rejections...outside of the ones Melissa mentioned. Those internal ones can be crippling.

It's so encouraging to hear from debut authors. Thanks for being here.

andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

Julie Lessman said...

SANDRA LEESMITH!!! Been trying to get a hold of you, darlin', so can you e-mail me???

Thanks, sweetie.

Hugs,
Julie

Nancy Herriman said...

"Morning Nancy and welcome to Seekerville. What a great and inspiring story. We all have such different routes we take to get off of unpubbed island."

Sandra - I am thrilled to be here! And yes, there are many journeys (some longer than others and definitely rocky) but hopefully, in the end, we all find what we were searching for.

Nancy said...

"I haven't finished any manuscripts, so I haven't had any rejections...outside of the ones Melissa mentioned. Those internal ones can be crippling."

Andrea - they can be the worst! Finish Finish Finish! There's such satisfaction in typing 'The End'.

My best,
Nancy

Nancy said...

And Julie, pass me some of that food, will you? Who knew I had to get up at the crack of dawn to keep up with you folks here! I haven't had a chance to do more than make some coffee. LOL

Nancy

Carol Moncado said...

Morning, Nancy! I enjoyed Irish Healer too!!!!

I'm at that stage where most of my rejections are non-communication ones. You know, 'if you haven't heard from us in x days then you know we think your writing is horrid and should only be used to line the birdcage'.

Er... or something like that ;).

I've had 2 really encouraging rejections, one form rejection and a bunch of never-heard-from rejections.

Plus all of those internal 'what on God's green earth are you thinking?' ones. ;)

CandaceCalvert said...

Good morning (Julie! and) dear friend, Nancy. I, too, loved THE IRISH HEALER, and as your critique partner (for a decade now?!) have had the privilege of seeing your talent grow and blossom. I've been ever impressed by your talent AND that amazing tenacity! SO proud of you, thrilled to have you join our agency family, and delighted to recommend your debut novel far and wide. Blessed to call you friend. Go Nancy!

Nancy said...

"You know, 'if you haven't heard from us in x days then you know we think your writing is horrid and should only be used to line the birdcage'.
Er... or something like that ;)."

Laughing, Carol, because I've had those too! ;-)

Nancy

Jan Drexler said...

Nancy, I'm so glad Julie invited you here today. What an inspiring story!

I can hardly wait to read your book. I love historical fiction, and the Irish immigrants are always close to my heart, too.

I've been sidelined by a spring cold today, but I'm still persevering.... Some days it's better not to try to put coherent words down, so today is a reading day. That's still work, right?

Mary Connealy said...

First let me say, I know this is wrong.

HOWEVER, changing names to protect the innocent...........

I was once rejected by a very respected agent FOUR TIMES IN ONE YEAR. The year I sold!

And they were all from different directions. It's not like I just kept sending and sending and sending.

One...me directly contacting her/him.

Two-Three he/she judged two contests I finalled in.

Four I sat at his/her table at ACFW and got a request to sub.

Within a year I'd sold a book. Within three years I had contracts for twenty books.

I used to have an envelope full of rejection letters but in one wild moment I threw them all out and BURNED them.

It was a FAT envelope. A BIG FAT envelope. A BIG BULGING FAT ENVELOPE.

I don't regret it. Much.

Most of them were just form rejections, nothing to sink my grudge-bearing teeth into.

Jane Myers Perrine said...

An agent once wrote a huge NO! on the top on my query letter and sent it to me.

Your book sounds great.

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Nancy,

So glad to see your book is garnering so many good reviews and comments!

I absolutely LOVED it! Your characters were so engaging - even the secondary ones leapt off the page. Your descriptions of the different areas of England were so beautiful. I can't say enough good things about your writing! So glad you persevered!

I didn't realize you'd been going through chemo, etc. Praying for your continued good health!

Cheers,

Sue

Mary Connealy said...

PS, I know a really funny engineer joke.

It's rude though.

We'll see how the day goes.

Nancy said...

" Some days it's better not to try to put coherent words down, so today is a reading day. That's still work, right?"

It is in my book, Jan! And I hope you enjoy the book.

Nancy

Nancy said...

"I used to have an envelope full of rejection letters but in one wild moment I threw them all out and BURNED them.
It was a FAT envelope. A BIG FAT envelope. A BIG BULGING FAT ENVELOPE.
I don't regret it. Much."

LAUGHING, Mary!!! That had to feel good. And 4 rejections from the same agent? Um, didn't they remember rejecting you the first time? ;-)

Nancy

Nancy said...

"An agent once wrote a huge NO! on the top on my query letter and sent it to me."

Jane, sometimes I wonder if they feel the need to be so blunt because some folks don't accept the polite 'no'! All I can say is: OUCH!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"I absolutely LOVED it! Your characters were so engaging - even the secondary ones leapt off the page. Your descriptions of the different areas of England were so beautiful. I can't say enough good things about your writing! So glad you persevered!"

Thank you, Susan (blushing). And thanks for your prayers.

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Mary Connealy said...
PS, I know a really funny engineer joke.
It's rude though."

You can always message me in facebook....;-)

Nancy

Mary Connealy said...

Nancy, either she remembered rejecting me or found me lacking over and over again.

:(

Mary Connealy said...

I also once got rejected by my own agent.

This was a long time and several agents ago, before email (or at least before I had it at home)

She asked me to send her some manuscript. I did. I received it back with a red STAMP rejecting me as if I was trying to get her to represent me.

She hadn't recognized my name.

I changed agents shortly after that.

sybilbatesmccormack said...

I'm really excited to read your book, Nancy, and so awed by the strength and willpower you've demonstrated in the face of so many obstacles. Blessings!

MAStoll said...

Nancy, I'm enjoying following you around the Internet. You always in spire me.

I'm curious, published authors who faced years of rejections, did you and your writing change through those years? I know those stories of rejection on the heals of accolades in the wake of rejection might want to whisper, "no, those rejections must have been misguided." But the long journey must be full of change-inducing influences.

Assuming rejections rarely include constructive criticism or guidance, how do you know where or how to polish or tweak your work? Is it hit-or-miss?

Casey said...

Mary, your agent REJECTED you?? Oh, that's bad.

Though the postcard isn't very good either. I guess it makes those that are personalized more important to the author.

Nancy, that is such a great endorsement from Julie! I can't wait to get your book that I won on another blog. :)

Connie Queen said...

I love hearing writer's success stories.

The Irish Healer sounds inspiring.
Can't wait to read it.

Connie

Nancy said...

"sybilbatesmccormack said...
I'm really excited to read your book, Nancy, and so awed by the strength and willpower you've demonstrated in the face of so many obstacles. Blessings"

Thank you, Sybil!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"MAStoll said...

I'm curious, published authors who faced years of rejections, did you and your writing change through those years?"

You ask a very good question, Mary Ann. I would say that the rejections did little to change my craft, per se, but definitely changed the focus of what I was writing. In many cases, rejections are less about your abilities and more about the market - what's selling, what editors/agents want to see or what they've seen too much of. It is frustrating to spend ages working on a book (and I can be a VERY slow writer) only to find out that no one wants one of _____ (fill in the blank). I learned more about craft from reading, reading, reading, having an EXCELLENT critique partner and from entering a few good contests that pointed out what was working and what wasn't working.

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Casey said...

I can't wait to get your book that I won on another blog. :)"

I hope you enjoy it, Casey!!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Connie Queen said...
The Irish Healer sounds inspiring.
Can't wait to read it."

I do hope you enjoy it, Connie, and thanks!

Nancy

Janet Dean said...

Nancy, welcome to Seekerville!! Thanks for your post. I marvel that you were able to handle writing commitments while going through chemo. You are an inspiration! The Irish Healer sounds wonderful. I want to read this story!

Like yours, most of my rejections were generic, not addressed to me by name. My favorite rejection was from a wonderful editor who used my name and wished me well. The rejection didn't shred my dignity and my hope.

Julie, thanks for the amazing breakfast. And for bringing Nancy to Seekerville.

Janet

Janet Dean said...

Mary, your own agent rejected you? No wonder you switched agents. Goodness, that's the worst fiasco I've ever heard!

Janet

Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Nancy!!!


My Italian heart welcomes your Irish heart! Hey, we have carbs in common!!

Carol Moncado said...

So I'm not feeling great and didn't sleep well and had no kids at home so went and took a nap. Had a freaky/creepy weird dream, but in it I got a FB message of encouragement from Julie. [She also told me I won her contest and my name was gonna be in her new book - and that I could read it early - like now... Just sayin'...]

Just may take a big of sting off a recent rejection ;).

Margaret said...

The Irish Healer sounds fantastic! Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to read it!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nancy said...

"Like yours, most of my rejections were generic, not addressed to me by name. My favorite rejection was from a wonderful editor who used my name and wished me well. The rejection didn't shred my dignity and my hope."

I have received those also, Janet, and appreciated every one. And thanks for wanting to read The Irish Healer. I do hope you enjoy it.

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Tina Radcliffe said...
Welcome to Seekerville, Nancy!!!
My Italian heart welcomes your Irish heart! Hey, we have carbs in common!!"

Thanks for the welcome, Tina! I'm not personally Irish (not a drop, although my husband has some Irish on his side) - about as German as they come. ;-)

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Carol Moncado said...
So I'm not feeling great and didn't sleep well and had no kids at home so went and took a nap. Had a freaky/creepy weird dream, but in it I got a FB message of encouragement from Julie. [She also told me I won her contest and my name was gonna be in her new book - and that I could read it early - like now... Just sayin'...]"

Great dream, Carol!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Margaret said...
The Irish Healer sounds fantastic! Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to read it!"

If you win, I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

Nancy

Tina Radcliffe said...

It's okay. My husband has one drop of Irish and claims the entire country. Germans have good carbs too.

Nancy said...

"Tina Radcliffe said...
It's okay. My husband has one drop of Irish and claims the entire country. Germans have good carbs too."

;-) Indeed, we do. Mmmmm....spaetzle....

Nancy

Jennifer said...

Hi Nancy. Thank you for the inspiring post!

I need to be reminded sometimes that everything doesn't revolve around me and I'm not the only one that gets rejected. Although I'm thinking there might be a conspiracy. Hmmm.

Anyway...thanks for breakfast, Julie. My Irish pride is showing :)

Myra Johnson said...

Welcome, Nancy! Waving to another Natasha client!!! Are we blessed, or what!

Oh, boy, perseverance. It took me 25 years of sending out my book mss. before the first one finally sold, so I know all about perseverance. If not for "close calls" and steady encouragement along the way and a WHOLE lot of prayer, I might have given up just short of the goal.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us today, and congratulations upon the release of your debut novel!

Virginia said...

Oh, wow. Nancy, big hugs and thank you for telling us your story. I'm so happy you're doing better...

Great post!

Nancy said...

"Jennifer said...
Hi Nancy. Thank you for the inspiring post!"

Jennifer, you are definitely NOT the only one who gets rejected! And you're welcome....

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Myra Johnson said...
Welcome, Nancy! Waving to another Natasha client!!! Are we blessed, or what!
Oh, boy, perseverance. It took me 25 years of sending out my book mss. before the first one finally sold, so I know all about perseverance."

We are indeed blessed to have Natasha! (and she rejected me for many years before I had the right book for her, so she's a tough cookie, but boy I love her!).

25 years? Wow!! You did persevere!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Virginia said...
Oh, wow. Nancy, big hugs and thank you for telling us your story. I'm so happy you're doing better..."

Thank you for your kind thoughts. I just wish my hair would grow back faster! ;-)

Nancy

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Oh, apologies for being late to welcome our lovely guest!!!!

Nancy, bless you for being here and your story is delightful! I'm knee-deep in puppies and babies this week so my life has been taken over by the comings and goings of both, but I'm looking forward to next week... And having more time to enjoy my beautiful friends here!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Love your transparency, Nancy ! TY for sharing..
and def would LOVE this amazing regency - TY for sharing your gift of writing and your generosity !
faithhopecherrytea at *gmail.* com

Anonymous said...

NANCY..JULIE, thank you for the blog and all.
Wow, your words are inspiring and I've been looking foward to this post because the Irish healer happens to be on my TBR list. The story sounds VERY interesting-- so CONGRATS!!

Bless your courage and I'm hoping God will continue to be your Strenght!

Sending you a smile!

Ganise (ganise_4life (at) hotmail (dot)com)

Marissa said...

Wonderful post!! This book is on my to-be-read list!

marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

have tweeted the giveaway @_eHope
liked nancy on fb commented and followed on twitter :)
https://twitter.com/#!/_eHope/status/200297303150563328
tweeted the video trailer as well - it's lovely ! way to go Nancy !
you are an overcomer !!

Amanda said...

Great post, Nancy! I read “The Irish Healer” and LOVED it! Amazing story! Did you get your inspiration from Dickens? The whole time I was reading it, it was like watching a BBC adaptation of a Dickens novel. You got 19th century London down to a tee! Can’t wait to read your future novels!

Nancy said...

"Ruth Logan Herne said...
Oh, apologies for being late to welcome our lovely guest!!!!"

No problem, Ruth! I do so understand! I'm truly enjoying the welcome....

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Wow, your words are inspiring and I've been looking foward to this post because the Irish healer happens to be on my TBR list. The story sounds VERY interesting-- so CONGRATS!!
Bless your courage and I'm hoping God will continue to be your Strenght!
Sending you a smile!"

Thank you for the smile, Ganise! And I hope you love the book!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Faith Hope Cherrytea said...
have tweeted the giveaway @_eHope
liked nancy on fb commented and followed on twitter :)
tweeted the video trailer as well - it's lovely ! way to go Nancy !
you are an overcomer !!"

Thank you so much for the promotion! ;-) Much appreciated....

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Marissa said...
Wonderful post!! This book is on my to-be-read list!"

Thank you, Marissa!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Amanda said...
Great post, Nancy! I read “The Irish Healer” and LOVED it! Amazing story! Did you get your inspiration from Dickens? The whole time I was reading it, it was like watching a BBC adaptation of a Dickens novel. You got 19th century London down to a tee! Can’t wait to read your future novels!"

How very sweet, Amanda, thank you! I LOVE Dickens and read many of his novels growing up (and have seen just about every adaptation done!).
The inciting story idea (that of a woman accused of killing a child she'd been tending) I stumbled across in London court transcripts.

Nancy

CatMom said...

Welcome Nancy! What an inspiration you are, dear lady. Perseverance is my "Word for 2012" but I still need to be reminded that's what I'm supposed to be doing, LOL. So thank you so much for this post today and sharing your story. Congratulations on your book--it sounds fantastic. Prayers for good health and lots more books! Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo :)

barbarahartzler.com said...

Thanks for the encouragement. It helps to read stories like this and realize it is possilbe. The novel sounds intriguing, too.

Lyndee said...

HI Nancy,
Great words of wisdom. Your story is inspirational on many levels. I was waylaid with a hip replacement and a non-fiction deadline hanging over me. Talk about the need to dig deep and persevere. Your post is a blessing to me as I look back at the past two years and see how far I've come with God's grace. Thank you for the thoughtful post.

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Great transparent interview and encouraging. I posted on FB. Thanks Nancy and Julie for this great post. I enjoyed getting to know Nancy while she was on the Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help blog for a week. Fabulous book BTW!

Nancy said...

"What an inspiration you are, dear lady. Perseverance is my "Word for 2012" but I still need to be reminded that's what I'm supposed to be doing, LOL."

It's not easy, is it, Patti Jo? But you know what, I think I'm too stubborn to quit!

Best,
Nancy

Nancy said...

" barbarahartzler.com said...
Thanks for the encouragement. It helps to read stories like this and realize it is possible."

It absolutely is possible, Barbara. I've known too many folks who have given up too soon and then feel jealous/miserable/angry.... Stick to it, and sometimes you discover success isn't what or where you thought it would be.

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Lyndee said...
HI Nancy,
Great words of wisdom. Your story is inspirational on many levels. I was waylaid with a hip replacement and a non-fiction deadline hanging over me. Talk about the need to dig deep and persevere. Your post is a blessing to me as I look back at the past two years and see how far I've come with God's grace. Thank you for the thoughtful post."

You are so welcome, Lyndee. I think many of us get surprised by just how much strength we have, if we just believe.

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Carrie Fancett Pagels said...
Great transparent interview and encouraging. I posted on FB."

Thank you for sharing, Carrie! And for enjoying my book...;-)

Nancy

Annie Rains said...

I love the rejection story. My harshest rejection was by an agent who requested a full from me. I waited and waited and waited for 6 months, too scared to bother this agent. Finally, I emailed her and she promptly wrote back, "yes, I did read your manuscript. I think I know what happened. Please call me."....Calling an agent was surely a good thing, right? WRONG! She rejected me over the phone, saying that I didn't include a SASE, which was the reason I never heard back. OUCH! Still hurts, lol. I'm sure there'll be more rejection before I get that desperately sought after "call".

I'd love to win a copy of your book! It sounds wonderful. Congrats on your success!

Nancy said...

"Annie Rains said...
She rejected me over the phone, saying that I didn't include a SASE, which was the reason I never heard back. OUCH!"

You bet, OUCH! My sympathy on that one, Annie!

Nancy

Jamie Adams said...

I've read The Irish Healer and loved it. Like Kav said I hated to see it end.

Thank you for sharing with us Nancy! Seems like my favorite authors all have something in comment, they persevered!

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

Way to go Nancy!!!!

And congratulations on maintaining a fabulous attitude through it all. :)

Nancy said...

"Jamie Adams said...
I've read The Irish Healer and loved it. Like Kav said I hated to see it end.
Thank you for sharing with us Nancy! Seems like my favorite authors all have something in comment, they persevered!"

Jamie - I'm so glad you loved it! And yes, we ALL have had to persevere in one way or the other!

Nancy

Nancy said...

"KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...
Way to go Nancy!!!!
And congratulations on maintaining a fabulous attitude through it all."

Thank you, KC. I've had my down moments, believe me!

Nancy

Debby Giusti said...

Nancy, your book sounds like a must-read! Thanks for being with us in Seekerville today and thanks for sharing your story about perseverance and courage and determination! You're an inspiration to all of us!

Applauding all the Villagers who have recently received rejections because you've been sending out your work. Good for you! You can't sell if you don't submit.

Nancy said...

"Debby Giusti said...
You can't sell if you don't submit."

Amen to that, Debby!

Nancy

Cara Lynn James said...

Welcome to Seekerville! Nancy, your new book sounds great! You went through a lot to get your first novel published.

I tossed all my rejections because they're too painful to reread.

Virginia said...

Oh, I missed that we were sharing rejections! How fun! Misery loves company, right?

Um, haven't gotten a lot of nasty rejections, mostly just 'not for us'. But there was one contest I really thought I might get asked for a partial or a full from the final judge. Instead, there was just one word, the same word, written on 3/4 categories where the comments should be: UNORIGINAL.

I had waited so long, and my hopes were up, and that one word hurt like the dickens.

Maybe she was right. Maybe it was boring and dry. But one word? Come on.

Virginia said...

P.S. Orderng your book now. It looked good, but hearing how good it is from all the peeps here sealed it.

Now, I just need another bookshelf to store the overflow!!

Nancy said...

"Cara Lynn James said...
I tossed all my rejections because they're too painful to reread."

A girl after my own heart! ;-)

Nancy

Nancy said...

"Virginia said...
P.S. Orderng your book now. It looked good, but hearing how good it is from all the peeps here sealed it. "

Thank you!
And sympathizing over 'unoriginal' - not very helpful, huh?

Nancy

Nancy C said...

Thank you, thank you for the inspiration and encouragement in this post. Your honesty shines through.

As far as the worst rejection, it has to be a form rejection that was addressed "Dear Sir/Madam." Not only was it form, it had obviously been run through a copy machine because there were ink smears on the paper and it printed slightly crooked ... and this was from a major publisher. In a fit of self-defense, I decided if they couldn't even print a decent form rejection letter I didn't want them printing my book.

May your health continue to improve :-)

Nancy C

Julie Lessman said...

CAROL M. SAID: "Had a freaky/creepy weird dream, but in it I got a FB message of encouragement from Julie. [She also told me I won her contest and my name was gonna be in her new book - and that I could read it early - like now... Just sayin'...]"

LOL!! Get a little worried when you use the words "freaky/creepy" in a dream I'm in, you know? And I already told you, CM, you'd fit right into my scene at the Italian restaurant ... :)

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

NANCE!!! Thank you for the being the hostess with the mostest today, girl -- it was fun having you here today! :)

Hugs,
Julie

Nancy said...

"Nancy C said...
In a fit of self-defense, I decided if they couldn't even print a decent form rejection letter I didn't want them printing my book."

Smart decision, Nancy! ;-)

And Julie - Thank YOU for having me! It's been a blast!

Nancy

Carol J. Garvin said...

I think every published author I've ever talked to has insisted that perseverance is the key ingredient in getting published. A good story well written doesn't hurt, either, and yours sounds wonderful, Nancy.

I haven't queried much but have been blessed by kind, personal rejections each time. The one that disappointed the most was from the one agent I felt particularly drawn to, both personally and professionally. My story simply wasn't right for her, and I accepted that, but have found it difficult to move on in the querying process. I continue to write instead -- I love the writing -- and am trying to be optimistic that each new story is better than the one before, and has a greater possibility of being *the* one.

Carol Moncado said...

Julie - you weren't the freaky weird part ;). The rest of it was all time travel/beam me up Scotty-ish [like walk into an elevator and end up in a different elevator [like different city] and different time]. But then I was on FB and you messaged me.

And yes, I would fit right in.

So where are we on getting to read it NOW? Cuz in my dream you said I could...

;)

Julie Lessman said...

CAROL SAID: "So where are we on getting to read it NOW? Cuz in my dream you said I could..."

LOL ... Like my brother would say ... you got your pajamas on girl ... you better go change!! ;)

Hugs,
Julie

Shelia Hall said...

would love to win this book!!I am part Irish so would really enjoy it!

Carol N Wong said...

So very glad that you were persistent!! I found out a few years ago that I have Irish roots and I am very proud of that. Would really love to read your book.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

Becky Doughty said...

Hi Julie, Nancy,

I'm a Christian and an Herbalist... an oxymoron, a taboo, it seems, these days. I had a friend recently encourage me by reminding me that God created the plants for us to use - He used to OWN Naturopathy! - but that we believers, out of fear, let that ground slip into the enemy's hands. She said, "Becky, it's time to take this territory back for Jesus! You just keep using your gift and He will be glorified." In other words, I totally relate to your Rachel, Nancy, and would love to read her story!

God bless you both!

Angela Bell said...

Thank you Nancy for sharing your inspiring story! I'm dealing with some health issues right now that have put a hold on my writing. It's been a struggle to keep my joy every day. Your words of encouragement were a much needed blessing! :-)

Please include me in the drawing. Your book sounds wonderful!

dancerchick(at)cimexico(dot)org

marybelle said...

It just goes to prove that writers are not quitters.

I would love to read THE IRISH HEALER thank you.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Janet Kerr said...

I like the title of your book Nancy. & Congratulations!
It is true that I have been persevering for years & will continue to do so.
Thank you for the encouragement!
Jan

Rachelle Rea said...

This is so encouraging to me today.

T-h-a-n-k you.

biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com