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N. Gemini Sasson

Here today in another installment of Q and A’s for aspiring authors is N. Gemini Sasson. She is a fellow writer of historical fiction, happens to share my (absolutely wonderful) agent, and her Isabeau, a Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer is making the submission rounds to publishers now. She’s here to talk to us about what keeps her going during the long and often discouraging periods of waiting involved in the submission process.

Anna graciously asked me to guest blog today about what keeps me going during the submissions process. As any writer knows, there’s no telling how long it will take to get that first offer – or if it will ever come at all. While I can’t control whether the stars in the publishing world will align in my favor, I can control what I do with my time while I’m waiting to hear back from editors.

So what does keep me going? Hope. Staying busy. And most importantly, the support of friends and family.

While I’m always optimistic, so far checking my e-mail every 15 minutes has yet to yield results. So, I research, write and rewrite. That way the next project will be well under way by the time The Big News finally comes. Meanwhile, I stay busy. It’s impossible to wallow in despair while I’m engaged with life. I run, I garden and I vicariously relive my adolescence through two active teenage children.

Up until a couple of years ago, I wrote alone. Being the shy type, I didn’t belong to a writers’ group or share my stories with any close friends or family. That made the waiting (and the rejections) much, much harder to take. Since then, I’ve connected with dozens of other writers through the internet. Not only has their feedback been invaluable, but their support has buoyed my confidence. There have been times when I felt like giving up, but I didn’t because of their kind and encouraging words.
Also, I often remind myself of the story of Robert the Bruce and the spider. The tale is that it was the little creature’s persistence in building its web that inspired the Bruce to persevere through times when it seemed he could not possibly succeed. But he did. And I may yet, too. There’s always hope.

Thanks so much, Gemi! And I absolutely agree about connecting with other authors, by the way. I’ve it to be absolutely invaluable in every part of the process!

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3 Responses to “N. Gemini Sasson”

  1. Prue Batten Says:
    December 30th, 2009 at 5:00 am

    I couldn’t agree more about the connection with other writers. I too most often write in a vacuum, but thanks to the internet and its various forums and blogs, to have other writers to talk to and bounce things off is WONDERFUL. Especially hist.fict and fantasy writers!
    And yes to keeping busy between subs . . . saves the fingernails!

    Lovely blog. Thanks Anna and Gemini.

  2. N. Gemini Sasson Says:
    December 31st, 2009 at 9:30 am

    First, many thanks to Anna for the Q & A for aspiring writers and for asking me to contribute.

    Prue, yes, I owe much thanks to my writing partners, too. They keep me sane and have led to improving my work enormously. I only hope I can be as helpful and supportive of them as they have been of me.

  3. Marie Burton Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I hope the submission process is successful for the Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer story! I would definitely be on board to read it.
    Good luck!

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