A Letter To My Unpublished Self by Ali McNamara

McNamaraAliDear Ali,

First of all, stop worrying! One day you’ll look back on all those tears and that sadness and wish you hadn’t wasted all that time being so miserable.

This will happen for you, and when it does, it will happen at the right time and with the right people, who will help you launch your career in exactly the right direction, so that you not only publish your stories in this country, but all over the world including the USA too! But you must be patient right now, I know how absolutely desperate you’re feeling, and how much you want it to happen at this very moment, but if happens too soon it will be with the wrong people, and at the wrong time for you.

I have to warn you though, that these feelings of despair will get worse before they get better, and you’ll feel so bad that eventually you’ll be on the verge of giving up writing and trying something else. The feeling of constant rejection after rejection will get too much for you. But please don’t give up, because it’s at that exact moment Ali, that it will all start to fall into place and something wonderful will happen.

You think now that the best thing about having your book published will be to see it on a bookshelf in a shop. That will indeed be a very special moment for you. But I can tell you the absolute BEST thing will be hearing your readers tell you how much enjoyment they get from your stories. You will get emails that make you smile, and messages that will make you cry, and you will wonder how something that you enjoy doing so much yourself, can bring so much pleasure to other people. But it will.

You will also discover there’s a down side to being an author. You will have stressful times when you feel like ripping your hair out in frustration at people who try to quell your creativity and change what you want to write. And you will sigh at the often antiquated way in which the publishing industry runs, especially when it comes to money. You will role your eyes in disbelief too, at the nepotism still managing to survive in certain parts of the industry.

But you’ll get past all that, because the negative things are so tiny in comparison to the wonderful news that you’re going to be an author Ali – and a successful one too. But you still won’t really believe that, calling yourself an author will still sound too grand to you, so you’ll prefer to call yourself a storyteller instead.

Because published or unpublished, deep down that’s what you truly are. Just remember that, keep positive, and the rest will follow in its own good time.

Ali McNamara

April 2013

You can visit Ali’s website here or follow her on Twitter

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One Response to A Letter To My Unpublished Self by Ali McNamara

  1. Chelsey says:

    Lovely 🙂
    I’m so glad you worked through those difficult stages. I love your books!
    “From Notting Hill, With Love… Actually” is one if my most favorite books!
    Keep on writing 🙂

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