Tell Us Your Stories is a new weekly blog feature, written by the women in the Spirited Woman community. Author Diana Rubino launches this new section.
I am living proof that everything has its time and place, and cannot be rushed. I'm the author of 12 historical and paranormal romance novels, and it took 18 years to get my first book published. My 'debut' novel was actually the tenth one I wrote, Destiny Lies Waiting, and after eight years of research, writing and re-writing, I submitted to every major publisher, as well as many smaller ones. My first agent retired, and my second agent gave up on me. My work didn't seem to fit any of the 'molds' cut out by the major romance publishers.
But I never gave up. Something kept me going, and made me sit down to write. It was the belief that deep down, I knew somewhere in this world was a publisher willing to take a chance on me, who appreciated my brand of humor, my unique voice. Now I realize that my first nine novels provided invaluable experience. Each was an improvement on the one before, but I needed to do more living, maturing, and much more writing before I'd be worthy of publication.
As I matured, the writing matured with me. The late actress Vivian Vance said "there's nothing like a lot of experience when the big break comes." It's so true.
So, to anyone striving to run a business or reach any goal, don't ever give up on your dream. Just having a dream makes you very special. If you get impatient because it's taking so long, ask yourself this: Why does 16-year-old Scotch take 16 years? Some things are worth waiting for.
Diana is the author of 17 historical and paranormal novels, owns an engineering business with her husband, and lives in New England, where she bicycles, golfs, and hikes the many beautiful trails.
Why does Diana feel she is a Spirited Woman? "Because I believe in myself. I know what I'm capable of achieving, and also know my limitations. I set definite goals and work towards them - most are realistic, and some are unrealistic. If I reach the unrealistic ones, I know that some luck is involved, but I don't believe anyone can achieve much without having goals. I'm open to all possibilities."