Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beth Revis Gives Encouragement to Writers

Happy Birthday
Across the Universe!

That's right. Today is the long anticipated birth of Beth Revis' brain child, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Congratulations Beth! I know the world is going to go gaga over your book.

I also thought this would be a good opportunity to start a new segment on my blog called "Encouragement for Writers from Authors, Editors and Agents." Who better to be my first Encouragement Interview than Beth!

So, Thank you Beth for sharing some words of encouragement for writers on your very special day.

Beth, Do you have a favorite saying, quote or poem that inspires you during times of discouragement?
I love Winston Churchill's quote: "Never never never never never give up."

Do you have a brief story about discouragement in your own writing career that you would like to share with us?
The truth of the matter is that I was rejected for ten years before I got a single acceptance. That sucked. There's no other way to put it. I was ready to give up, and very nearly did, but decided to give it one last shot...and that ended up being ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the book that changed everything.

What words of encouragement do you have for people who have yet to publish their fist manuscript?
Keep writing. By this, I mean: write each novel like it's The One--revise it, edit it, work on it, and submit it--but if it doesn't work out, write the next novel. Don't let yourself stagnate. Keep writing.

What words of encouragement do you have for those who are published yet are seeking further publication?
Keep writing. The same principle applies to the published author as to the unpublished one. Keep working, keep striving, and never never never never never give up.

Anything else to add?
If you haven't read it, check out Paolo Coelho's novel, THE ALCHEMIST. It's a wonderful book about seeking and striving towards your dreams, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to try to become something more.

Thanks for your encouraging words, Beth. You are an inspiration! Also, thanks for rec. the Alchemist. I'll have to check that out, but before I do, I HAVE to read Across the Universe first! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.


Bish Denham said...

Nicely done Christy. And thanks Beth!

C.R. Evers said...

Thanks Bish!

Kelly said...

Never Give Up! I won't!
Great encouraging interview! Congrats to Beth!!!

C.R. Evers said...

That's right Kelly. You go girl. Never give up. :0)

Angela Ackerman said...

Great interview. I am so happy for Beth and all she's achieved. Her story is one that many writers can relate to, and it is so wonderful to see someone achieve their dreams.

I hope your ankle is healing Christy, and you're taking it easy!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

C.R. Evers said...

Thanks Angela! I'm so inspired by Beth's story!

Thanks for asking about my ankle. It's healing, slow but sure. The pain killers are helping me sleep and stay comfortable. I'm getting some decent reading and writing time. :0) So there's some good coming out of all this. :0)

Katrina L. Lantz said...

This is such a perfect post for today! And I had no idea it took Beth so long to write this golden book. Thank you, Christy and Beth for sharing this very necessary encouragement. Happy Book Birthday to Beth! I'm seeing AtU everywhere I look! You must be so proud.

Christy and Beth, you both flew to my mind when I was passing out a blog award for Stylish Bloggers. It's up, along with yet another shameless plug for AtU.

Thanks for everything, you guys!

C.R. Evers said...

Thanks Katrina! :0)

Kelly H-Y said...

YAY Beth!!! Awesome interview ... so inspirational!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Wonderful interview! And CONGRATULATIONS to Beth! It's wonderful to read about the rewards of not giving up.

C.R. Evers said...

Thnx Kelly and Cynthia!

adrienne said...

Thanks Christy and Beth - we need all the encouragement we can get! I'm going to look for that recommendation, too.

Karin said...

Thank you Beth and Christy. A nice inspiring post.
Honestly I have read The Alchemist...and found it a little frustrating haha. I guess I still have a lot to learn about paths and opened and closed doors :)

C.R. Evers said...

Thnx for stopping by Adrienne and Karin! I'm glad you liked the interview.