I have a writer-friend who, over the course of a year (or thereabouts) regularly and consistently brought herself to the library, sat down with her laptop at a desk (and some treats, Twizzlers I think?) and wrote down the story of her twins’ births, a boy and a girl, and all that came after. She worked and worked, revised with colored markers, wrote some more. She had an agent who submitted the manuscript to a very tight market. Think here of Goldilocks: this publisher said it wasn’t right for one reason, another publisher said no for the opposite. It all was very confusing.
Still, she persevered, sending her work to places the agent hadn’t tried. And in the end, her efforts paid off: her manuscript was awarded prestigious Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction (there’s one for fiction and for poetry, too) and her book will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2009. The book is This Lovely Life, and the writer is Vicki Forman. Congratulations, Vicki!
The moral of the story: if you have a book in you, don’t give up!