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In 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Examiner, having accepted an article from Rudyard Kipling, informed the author that he should not bother to submit any more. "This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers," the editor wrote. "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language." A century later, John Grisham was turned down by sixteen agIn 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Examiner, having accepted an article from Rudyard Kipling, informed the author that he should not bother to submit any more. "This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers," the editor wrote. "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language." A century later, John Grisham was turned down by sixteen agents before he found representation-and it was only after Hollywood showed an interest in The Firm that publishers began to take him seriously.The anxiety of rejection is an inevitable part of any writer's development. In this book, Ralph Keyes turns his attention from the difficulty of putting pen to paper-the subject of his acclaimed The Courage to Write -to the frustration of getting the product to the public. Inspiration isn't nearly as important to the successful writer, he argues, as tenacity, and he offers concrete ways to manage the struggle to publish. Drawing on his long experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Keyes provides new insight into the mind-set of publishers, the value of an agent, and the importance of encouragement and hope to the act of authorial creation....

Title : The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication
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The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication Reviews

  • Laini
    2019-01-23 17:14

    After recently having to back out of a proposed contract, and also having to cancel a book release party due to cost (and having to re-book a venue), I really needed a shot in the arm. Keyes, an instructor at the Antioch Writers Workshop (in Yellow Springs, Ohio) provided that. I haven't read his first book, so this review is totally based on TWBOH. What? Writing career not going as you had hoped? Well, did you know __, ___, ___, and ___ (famous writers) also had the same problem? Did you know ___ had an issue with ___? He solved it this way. Considering self-publishing as opposed to the regular route? So did __ and ___. He provides plenty of examples to back up his consolation. Many of which we've read before, but hey-- it's always nice to read them again. It helps us remember-- sometimes it's not necessarily us. It might have been that the agent had heartburn when they read our query, or the publisher just bought something exactly like it. Sometimes, it's all a matter of publishers not knowing how to market your book. Many writers determinedly forged ahead and created their own, and new genres were born. The important fact he stresses over and over again is to keep hanging in there, no matter what. Keep producing, even when things look blackest. The only truly unsuccessful writers are those who quit.

  • Tom Franklin
    2019-01-21 16:10

    Joe Bob Briggs, King of the Drive-In Movie Reviews, ( has a rule about sequels. In essence, it states that if you're going to make a sequel, just make the same danged movie all over again. Don't bother trying to come up with a new plot or a new setting. Just give us a repeat of the first movie and slap a big number "2" on the title.I really liked Joe Bob's book of drive-in movie reviews. "The Writer's Book of Hope"? Not so much. I read it right after re-reading Keyes' "The Courage to Write" and found that Keyes was simply rewording many of the same themes and ideas in his sequel. It may work for Drive-In slasher movies, but it didn't work for me in this book.

  • Olga
    2019-02-06 18:14

    I think every writer should read this book regardless his status - whether he’s a beginner or have four books published. Because, at every stage you need encouragement to persevere, for being a writer is a lonely business, you get depressed and disheartened so often that if you don’t have the people who encourage your writing there is a good chance to fall into deep depression. This book is a great encourager and reminder of why you have decided to become a writer in the first place and why you should never give up.

  • Michael Hughes
    2019-01-21 22:05

    As my book circulates among some NYC editors, I decided to re-read this, and it was incredibly rewarding—maybe more so now that I've been working with what the author calls the "pub people." Keyes understands the plight of any serious writer—the need to learn to deal with rejection, to understand that frustration and disappointment are not just inevitable, but that they are an integral part of the process, even for the most successful. Highly recommended.

  • Nina Dreyer
    2019-02-11 16:03

    This book is like a warm bath for your frazzled writer's nerves. Highly recommended. The section about the strange and wonderful world of traditional publishing may not be relevant for every writer, but it is nevertheless an entertaining and enlightening read.

  • James Hold
    2019-01-28 15:10

    I'll save you the $8.00 and summarize the book in one sentence: "Hang in there and don't give up." Now wasn't that a lot easier than reading about so-and-so's trials and tribulations in getting published? You're welcome.

  • David Stephens
    2019-02-15 16:06

    Earlier this year, I glanced at a writing blog in which the writer claimed he typically wrote and revised his short stories in about twenty hours. Some of the commenters went even further, claiming short stories took them even less time than that to complete. This instantly discouraged me since I can't accomplish this feat anywhere near as efficiently. The first short story I wrote took me about two and a half months. I have no idea how many hours that was, but I know it was far more than twenty.That's why it was nice to see writing teacher, Ralph Keyes, state that if writing comes that easily for people, they're probably doing it wrong. Anxiety, frustration, and despair—what Keyes describes as AFD syndrome—are inherent in writing. There is no way to overcome them; writers must, instead, persevere and maintain hope in the face of them. For, as Keyes says, it is the writers who continue the struggle that succeed, not the ones who give up quickly. Writing both causes frustration and provides the remedy for that frustration. It's quite similar to what Homer Simpson once announced about alcohol: that it's "the cause of and solution to all of life's problems."Other than words of optimism, Keyes characterizes editors, publishers, and agents, comparing them to high schoolers with cliques and biases toward certain locales or topics. The comparison isn't meant to totally denigrate them but also to point out that they're fallible and susceptible to the same human mistakes as everyone else. It's nothing that in-depth, but it does make them sound a bit more like regular people.And while I sporadically felt mild bouts of hopefulness while reading, they quickly got lost amid the tedious and repetitive examples Keyes offers. It was nice to hear about some of the writers who have overcome adversity, but I didn't need to hear about every single one. I would have preferred if this 190-page book had been whittled down to about 50.

  • Elissa Hoole
    2019-02-06 17:03

    This book arrived, a gift from donut, in that awful place in the middle of a first draft when you feel lost and discouraged, and on top of that I was so swamped with lifestuff I couldn't figure out wtf I was doing trying to write fiction on top of it all, especially when I feel like my chances of getting published are approximately equivalent to the chances of winning the lottery without buying a ticket. Anyway, donut advised keeping the book near my writing area to flip through in moments of angst, and yup. Here it is. I actually read it straight through, though it would be an easy book to page through at random. I read it in little snippets at my computer, whenever I was waiting for my super slow internet to process something, or when I had those moments when nothing, even the most banal of writing, would come out despite how many times I tapped my fingers anxiously against the keys. I love it. It made me much more hopeful without ever making me roll my eyes at some stupid cheesy business, without feeling like I was holding a vacuous, fake-smiling cheerleader in my hands. :D

  • Chasity
    2019-01-18 18:10

    Wow. Where can I began talking about this book? The book offers just what the title suggests: hope. The hope is based in numerous stories of writers whose road to success was paved with success. Keyes also gave many practical suggestions that writers can do to keep writing. He offers multiple definitions of success, which is encouraging. The book is a quick read, well organized and well written. Don't hesitate; read this book. It's a keepsake on every writer's bookshelf.

  • S.W. Gordon
    2019-02-01 23:26

    Well Keyes confirmed my deepest fear: it's all a bloody crapshoot. But if you perfect your craft and don't give up, eventually the odds might swing in your favor and maybe, just maybe you'll break through. It's like that scene in Dumb and Dumber when Jim Carrey's character is told he has a one in a million chance of getting the girl to which he responds, "So what you're saying is there's still a chance." Yep, I've still got a chance.

  • Cyn
    2019-01-22 16:02

    As a writer, I find myself drawn to reading books about the writing process and the struggles that virtually all writers go through - the endless internal battles and external forces that sometimes threaten to overrun our progress or even our love of writing in general. Books like this give me the motivation to continue - especially when you see that even the more accomplished writers throughout history (and today) deal with the same thing. This is a great read.

  • Joshunda Sanders
    2019-01-25 21:02

    I loved this book and I still keep it close by. I gave a copy to a fellow writer who was feeling a bit down and he returned the favor by giving me a copy as a gift just when I was starting to get discouraged. Of course, it's always easier to read about writing in lieu of the actual tough writing part, but this book is a great inspiration for getting back on the horse after frustration or disappointment.

  • John
    2019-02-11 21:25

    One of the best books on writing I've run across. Lots of examples of (now) famous authors' tactics for dealing with discouraging periods and rejection. Drives home the point that "success" is largely a matter of perserverance and determination, which can't be emphasized strongly enough for those who beat themselves up over "lack of talent" etc. Mention of all the writers who considered one or two thousand words/day - about 5 pages of most modern books - a decent goal sure made me feel better!

  • Renee
    2019-01-31 18:08

    Great for its many examples of the difficulties well-known writers have faced. I didn't read every word of it and skipped a couple sections altogether because they didn't apply to me, but what I did read was definitely worth the time.

  • Patrick
    2019-01-20 15:23

    Not as good as The Courage to Write, yet still excellent. I like Keyes' writing style and enjoy his penchant for anecdote.

  • Colleen Story
    2019-02-05 21:24

    Loved this book. A pure joy to read, and very inspiring for any writer. I read a little bit every day. Like a piece of chocolate.

  • Kim Piddington
    2019-02-01 18:09

    Someone from Team RLM sent me this-a real pick me up when I needed it most. If your hope is faltering-read this!