The first time I tried to write Dempsey’s Grill it was your typical mess. The idea was there but the story line was off. I could tell there was something missing and I could see the characters were not well written.
But it was a start.
By the time it was complete I knew I had something. It wasn’t because I wrote it, it was because I wrote something I wanted to read.
No is not the final answer
At the time I had no idea if others would agree but I knew I had to find out. For the longest time the answers were the same.
I think it was rejection 100 when I stopped counting. Who am I kidding? I counted every one. But no matter how many publishers or agents said no I kept going.
Because I wrote a book I wanted to read.
It could have been you
Had Dempsey’s Grill been written by any of you I would have loved it just the same and that is what has kept me going.
I loved the story and I cared about these people and because of that I owed it to them to tell their story the best I could. No matter how many rejections I received or how many negative comments I read, I knew their voices would someday be heard.
A stubborn bunch we are
If any of you are in the same boat remember: All it takes is a belief that you wrote something special and if you feel it all the way to your core someday someone will feel it too.
Belief, confidence and a dash of luck will one day capture someone’s attention. But remember: You create your own luck.
All it took was a yes
In the fall of 2018 that’s exactly what happened to Dempsey and the gang. They got their yes.
To the amazing people at Foundation Books I cannot thank you enough.
All it takes is a yes buried deep in a mountain of no’s. But most of all it takes a belief in your story and a love for your characters. When you have that it is only a matter of time for agents, publishers and most of all readers to see it too.
Thanks for reading my Dempsey’s Grill series everyone.