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What if you finally get your novel published and then it fails miserably in the market? What if it crashes and burns? Will your fiction-writing career be over?
Dale posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page:
Hi, Randy. Something’s been bugging me for a while now, and people I asked have given me a bunch of different answers; I hope you’d be able to clear this thing for me and those with similar doubts.
Namely, what will it mean for my future fiction-writing career if my first published book ultimately fails (being of course my failure) to make a name for itself, or worse — is a total disaster. I assume (should I write another novel) that agents and editors would then look at my work with this presumption: “I shouldn’t even waste my time looking at a manuscript by someone who failed so gravely the last time.”
How is it? Is an author’s first failure their last? Or perhaps there is a way out to make yet a good name for oneself?
Thank you for your time. (Click here to read Randy’s answer and while you are on his site, check out all of the great articles he has published.) Dec. 18, 2013 article.