If you ask the majority of writers why we write, the answer will be for pleasure. Why? Probably because for the majority of us, there isn’t much money to be had!

That’s not to put off any aspiring writers out there. Of course, if you’re in it for the money, it’s probably best you start thinking of a different career. There might be one or two out there who will write the next as-of-yet undiscovered bestseller, which will be translated into X-amount of languages and win a few debut writing awards at that. But the odds of that are like winning the lottery. Off to buy a ticket, anyone?

It can take years for writers to see their work in print or online. Writers tend to get more rejections than they do acceptances. Since I was in the process of updating my submission tracker anyway (it gets a bit sloppy, as I tend to submit more than I record at times!) I have counted up my acceptances vs rejections for fiction and poetry. Here’s the ratio:

Short stories – 1 acceptance for every 6 rejections (submitting since 2007)

Poetry – 1 acceptance for every 3 rejections (submitting since 2009)

And since my first short story was published online in 2009, and my first poem was published in print in 2011, this meant 2 years of non-stop rejections for both my fiction and my poetry. But it didn’t put me off! I have a book of rejection letters at home which I keep in a name-and-shame folder, for future laughing-at purposes. What is the key to success? Perseverance!

Leilanie Stewart 

Joseph Robert

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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