Author Guest Post | From Sting to Success: Using Rejection to Improve Writing by the author of the Biblical Historical Fiction saga about King David – Janice Broyles!

Posted Sunday, 12 January, 2020 by jorielov , , , 3 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

Happy New Year, for those who are just returning to visiting book bloggers and blog tours this January! It has been a unique beginning to 2020 I must admit – as the tides of current of events took its toll on my reading life these past few weeks of the New Year. It was hard to see a lot of positivity in the mix when you had so much weighing on all our minds & hearts each time we tried to see if anything new had emerged – especially in regards to the weather patterns affecting America right now or the bushfires affecting all areas of life in Australia.

I’ve been returning to blogging at a bit of a slower pace this month – selecting the stories I want to be reading, sorting out topics to explore during #TopTenTuesday and launching my chat @SatBookChat this weekend as well – kicking off the start of our sixth year chatting about books & finding ways to unite the reading & writing community of Twitter.

When it came time to select a topic for this blog tour – I inadvertently sorted out the topic a bit too late to turn in and was thankfully blessed by a topic of interest provided by the author herself. I think all of us who are writers have this topic come up in our hearts time after time – especially as the journey towards publication & the journey towards better self-confidence in our own writings can be a longer journey than most people realise.

Broyles shares an honest glimpse into how this series reached publication & the ways in which she used those months & years ahead of seeing her stories in print. We are each given our own trials to transition through – none of us are free of dreams being placed on hold or having to take a harder road to see them realised. The beauty of the post she’s given me to share today is how uplifting & encouraging it is to read for anyone who is seeking to turn their writings into a publishing career.

I hope this topic encourages your writerly pursuits inasmuch as it let’s you take a second look at what goes into writing the stories you enjoy reading.

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The Saga of David and Secret Heir series series:

The Secret Heir by Janice BroylesThe Runaway Heir by Janice Broyles

The Secret Heir (book one)

The Runaway Heir (book two)

→ The Anointed Heir (book three) *forthcoming release!

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Published by: Heritage Beacon Fiction (@heritagefiction)
an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (@LPCTweets)

Converse via: #HistFic or #HistNov; #KingDavid
+ #Biblical #HistoricalFictionand  #HFVBTBlogTours

Available Formats: Trade paperback and Ebook

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From Sting to Success: Using Rejection to Improve Writing
by Janice Broyles

We hit the send button, then sit back and wait and fret and wait and check our inbox and wait some more. After weeks or even months of waiting in anticipation of the golden words “Send me more” or “I’d love to talk to you about representation,” we hear the ding of new mail. Unfortunately, more often than not, we open the email to read something along the lines of, “Thanks. It’s not for me.”

Rejection is a part of the publishing world as much as inspiration is a part of writing. There are some of us who write simply for the joy of it and are content to have our close circle of family and friends read our work. Many of us, however, write not only for the joy of the practice, but we write to share our stories with the everyday reader, the stranger, the person whose life will be more complete by reading our work. We write so that many more can share in our worlds and imaginary tales.

Grandiose? Maybe.

Probable? Maybe not.

Worth a shot? You betcha.

The sting of rejection may hurt initially, but with the right mindset and the proper motivation, that sting can lead to success. Before my books saw “the light of day,” I endured large numbers of rejections. I thought it would be cute to count the rejections, so that when I finally saw success I could look back on the number with a smile. After the 200th rejection, I decided to stop counting. That was approximately eight years ago. However, what I did continue to do was learn the craft. I studied books on how to write, and I attended writer’s conferences where I could network and continue learning. Even though the rejections were hard to take, they did help me become a better writer. My David books are actually the seventh and eighth completed novels that I wrote. All the others are still in the files of my computer. Every time I hold The Secret Heir and The Runaway Heir in my hands, I am filled with gratitude. I know that the publication of this series is a testament to all of the years of rejection and hard work and the sheer determination to simply not quit.

For those of you who wear the hat of “writer,” let me encourage you to not give up. Rejections will come, but there are lessons to learn from them. I learned that sometimes my work wasn’t ready yet. I learned that critique groups were invaluable when it came to tightening up the manuscript. Rejections actually helped me improve my writing and gave me a resilience to continue writing no matter what.

And for those of you who wear the hat of “reader,” let me encourage you to hug a writer today. Rumor has it that we’ve been rejected a time or two.

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Janice Broyles is the author of The Secret Heir and The Runaway Heir,
a historical series that retells the story of David and Michal.

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About Janice Broyles

Janice Broyles

Janice Broyles is an award-winning author. She resides in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she teaches at a local college. She spends the majority of her free time researching history and retelling fantastical stories. Luckily her husband and two sons understand her passion for history and making stories come alive.

When not researching or writing, Janice Broyles enjoys spending time with her family and hanging out with her close circle of friends. The Runaway Heir is the second book to her David saga. The Secret Heir, released in 2018, is the first novel of the series.The Anointed Heir, the third book in the series, is set to be released by the end of 2020. Janice enjoys spending time with her husband of 23 years and their two sons and one dog.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Sunday, 12 January, 2020 by jorielov in Author Guest Post (their topic), Blog Tour Host, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, History

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3 responses to “Author Guest Post | From Sting to Success: Using Rejection to Improve Writing by the author of the Biblical Historical Fiction saga about King David – Janice Broyles!

    • Hallo, Hallo Mir!

      Thanks for dropping by my blog during the David Saga blog tour! :) I don’t oft get to seek out Biblical Historical Fiction stories – this one truly left an impression on me at the start of the series? Did you see my review for The Secret Heir? I hope if you get the chance to pick them up to read, you’ll find the stories to your liking. Thank you for giving this lovely feedback! I will be visiting with you soon on your blog, as well.

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