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Eye on the Prize: Surviving "Nearly There"

How to Thrive When You’re This Close to Publication

Robin LaFevers

One of the hardest stages of the writing journey—one that will take the most dedication, commitment, and self-exploration—is the “nearly there” stage. This is the stage where your critique partners love your work, you’re getting personalized rejections from agents or editors and highly complimentary reports from your beta readers, and yet … no sale or offer has materialized.

Remember those old cartoons where the character is walking in the desert, hot sun beating down on him? The ones where he’s covered in dust and nearly perishing of thirst as he slowly drags himself to the enticing oasis that is just over the horizon—only to have it ...

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