Stay the Course

When I look at everything I’ve done to get published, I realize that, while my efforts as a whole have been important, one thing has stood out as the make or break characteristic for me – persistence.

I say that because I’ve had my fair share of disappointment as a writer. I have submitted and been rejected over and over again. I have been told a story will be accepted once I make the requested edits only to be turned down. There have been days when I wonder why I subject myself to the roller coaster ride that is trying to get my stories published.

Naturally, I questioned whether my work was actually good enough to see print; that seems like a road many of us travel down. I mean, if my work were stellar, there would never be any question, would there? Every publisher would be banging down my door to get my work.

Except, publishers are readers and not every reader likes the same thing. Publishers are also business people so taking a chance on an unknown author presents a definite risk no matter how good your writing is.

That means being patient AND persistent are both very good things. Keep trying to get your work picked up. It MAY in fact be the best thing ever written and you simply haven’t found the right market/publisher/agent yet. And while you are at it, work on building your author’s platform (another lengthy task that requires work, patience and persistence). That platform might elevate you to a point where you are not as much of a risk for perspective publishers.

Whatever you do, don’t stop writing. If your apprentice work isn’t up to snuff, keep going until your journeyman work starts getting positive comments from your submissions. When you are seeing that, you are at a tipping point where the right person will love your work and offer you a contract. Then you will realize that for you too, persistence is your most powerful ally.


Get Published Episode 138 – Paul E Cooley Publishes “The Black”

After a very busy summer it’s great to be back recording Get Published. Things with the show haven’t changed much since episode 137. The intro & outro music is different and I’m adjusting the format a little, but I hope to still provide you with the same great information from writers, publishers, editors and other writing related professionals.

A few things have happened since episode 137. The biggest is I released Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. Reviews of the new book have been very positive and I am already working on Mik Murdoch 3 for planned 2015 release.

On today’s show, I bring back an old friend of the show who had news of his own. Paul E Cooley has been self-publishing for several years. Earlier this summer he started to hint at a big announcement. Fast-forward to September when he released a brand-new novel titled “The Black”, published by Severed Press. I talk to Paul about his rollercoaster journey with the new novel.

And, if you have any writing or publishing questions (or comments or feedback), please email them to me: feedback at getpublishedpodcast dot com.

And with that, let’s get the show started. I hope you had a great summer.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 138 – Paul E Cooley Publishes “The Black”

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 138 – Paul E Cooley Publishes “The Black” (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:42 - Promo - Flash Pulp Podcast

02:26 Get Published Episode 138 – Paul E Cooley Publishes “The Black” (continued)

Mike and Paul discuss:

  • The Black, Jake Bible, Godzilla, zombie, finding the right press, Dead Robots Society, publishing schedules, oil industry, working on a sequel, Severed Press.







39:30 - Promo - Dunesteef Podcast

40:01 — Closing

Thank you for listening.


Websites mentioned in this episode:

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Flash Pulp Podcast -

Dunesteef Podcast –

Pop Mockers -

Mik Murdoch: The Power Within



No Disassemble!

For some reason, the movie Short Circuit popped into my head this morning.

It got me to thinking about context. As in, so much of the way we learn is by getting things in the proper (or improper) context. For example, as babies, we learn words by associating the word to the thing. It could be food, like a banana, or a cat or the sun or whatever. We learn the word through that contextual association.

How different it was for Number 5 to learn about the world through television. Some things didn’t make sense, at least in how Number 5 imitated them and others did. How crushing a bug made disassemble equate to death.

How often do you have characters in your story struggle to understand something because they don’t have the background to get it? Another great example of that very thing is the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Picard is trying to communicate with a Tamarian captain. The problem is, the Tamarian language is metaphorical. Without the shared experience, it is impossible to understand each other.

What a wonderful opportunity to learn about a character – basically what they don’t understand is as important as what they do. That misunderstanding could be cultural, gender-related, species-related or due to any of a number of differences. Think about the fun you could have with it.

I know, I’m going to give that a try in one of my upcoming stories about Champ McKay, Texas Space Ranger.

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