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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
Oh, trust me, my novel goes far more in-depth than a wiki and is far more engaging. The problem is, most people are not interested in medical issues until it personally affects them. My greatest advocate is the head of a CDC Emergency Response team who encourages me to teach others so they will not panic. The CDC has done a graphic novel of something similar, but in my opinion, it is pretty lame:cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/graphic-novel‌​/…
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
Amen, it is the very reason I am working on my next novel in the series. I decided just keep writing and once the trilogy is complete, worry about publishing. On a positive note, my son and a friend both commented about seeking non-traditional publishing. Not self-publishing but submitting to video game developers. They said they love this sort of thing, not all video games are mindless shoot em ups. Some actually have a story (Okay maybe Resident Evil is an exception, hahaha)
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
Unfortunately, I once worked as one of those shady characters, it is why I left science and became a nurse. Scientists can be just as petty and corrupt as any profession but their errors from hubris can have a global impact. Think of James Bond. Maybe initially he had noble causes but read the Spy Who Came in from the Cold and you will see as body counts rise, alcohol is often used to dull conscience. The world doesn't really want to know how they are kept safe, it is why we give a pass to tyrants who are allies. Every character in my novel is based on an actual person, only fictionalized.
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
My story is based on a real event few have heard of, yet were affected by, the 1976-77 Russian flu. It is the first known manmade pandemic. Russians or Chinese thawed old freezer stocks of an extinct H1N1 in response to an outbreak of Swine flu at Ft Dix. They were convinced we were engaged in biological weapons research. Someone got sloppy and the lab accident infected millions killing many. My main characters are dark and shady to reflect their real counterparts. But I hoped to soften this by using a nun/pediatrician who helps dying children but that requires reading. So, you may be correct.
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
I love these comments. I have decided being a writer needs its own psychiatric DRG. Hmmm, perhaps something like Masochistic Obsessive Compulsive Hypergraphia. The only known treatment is a prose act.
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
I am proud to be among the rejected who persevere despite certain obscurity. I came back into SE just because I see everyone here as serious writers who understand both the pain and joy of creative writing. Buena lectura.
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
BTW thanks for the inclusive 'our shtick' that means not only do I accept myself as being a writer, but others do also. Keep at it and good luck.
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comment What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?
Thank you. Yes, I am a writer. I know it by my growing folder of rejection notices. I recall that Stephen King was not the one to get 'Carrie' published. He failed so many times he finally tossed his manuscript into the trash and his wife rescued it and continued until she found a publisher. mentalfloss.com/article/53235/…. I try to recall other great writers who must have suffered greatly but continued. I hope this list helps others: lithub.com/the-most-rejected-books-of-all-time
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comment Are there any free sites for testing beta 'book cover' designs?
thanks and I will look into changing the font if anyone has a suggestion or I could see what is typically used for post-apocalyptic novels. SE was wonderful and I love the honest comments others give even if they sting at times.
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comment Are words like 'cunt' too provocative for use in the current fiction market?
Thanks, I am showing how morals of the future may conflict with those of today. There is a strict Islamic code prohibiting sex with the Mukhannathun because it would be considered homosexuality. I want a cleric to violate this by raping a Mukhannathun, but he accidentally kills them and is forced to 'dispose' of her remains in the Everglades. Johnnie is a 'Lucy' one who is loose with her gender, she identifies with whatever suits her client, be it a crossdresser, a transvestite or bisexual. I consider her a pragmatic callgirl of the future and her current job demands her to be transgender.
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comment Are words like 'cunt' too provocative for use in the current fiction market?
let me know if you care to read more on this proposal. It may be a series and I call the first Non-Standard Deviation- the Mukhannathun. Check out this wiki and I think you will see why I am using a transgender Dr Watson to help solve a murder of a 'transgender', only thing is the victim is a Mukhannathun not LGBTQ+ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukhannathun
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