What is the Opposite of Success?

What is the Opposite of Success? I’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview: The business of publishing gives us frequent opportunities to feel like a success or … not a success. At every step of the journey, we receive feedback and results that tell us whether our efforts are working. It’s an uncertain path riddled with possibilities for disappointment. → We pitch our book at a conference and nobody seems to want what we’ve written. → We search for an agent, to no avail. → Our book is being submitted to publishers, but none are biting. → Our book is available for sale, but the numbers aren’t good. → We arrange a booksigning event at a bookstore, and nobody shows up. When things happen that don’t make us feel exactly like a “success,” the...
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One Simple Secret for Success as a Writer

One Simple Secret for Success as a Writer Guest Blogger: Chad R. Allen (@ChadRAllen) “Sometimes it feels like nobody’s listening,” my writer friend groaned. Can you relate? Have you ever poured your heart and soul into an article or proposal only to hear the cruel sound of silence? It’s frustrating. So we just keep slogging away, right? Well, yes, but there is a way of thinking about your writing that just might make all the difference in the world. To illustrate, let me tell you about my inventor friends Al and Andy. Al and Andy invented a device they call the “Nothin’ But Net Free Throw Trainer.” The purpose of this invention is to help basketball players become better free throw shooters, and it works. Nationally known coaches now use the device. The product is simple. It’s a four-inch piece of...
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