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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Why You Don’t Give Up

Why You Don’t Give Up

I’m still working under a deadline for THE EIGHTH DAY, so this is a pictorial essay on Why You Don’t Give Up.

In the 1960s, my story-telling was — let’s say — full of stereotypes, like dragons and damsels-in-distress.

Not much survived the 1970s. When I was in high school I threw my elementary and middle school work into the trash. This handwritten story, which won me a prize in eighth grade, is one of the only survivors.

The 1980s were filled with handwritten notebooks and stories typed on onion paper (with a typewriter.) Embarrassingly, I sent a couple of these to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. The rejections were kind.

In the 1990s, I wrote a few MG novels (saved on computer disks) and one non-fiction. A couple queries almost panned out — but then didn’t. I also published some professional teacher lesson plans.

The 2000s started with several unfinished MG science fiction novels and ended with my self-published YA historical novel.

And then … the 2010s happened. And they are continuing to happen.

There is no excuse for giving up besides death. Got that?

Clarion/HMH is giving away 10 copies of THE CAGED GRAVES on Goodreads. You can find the giveaway here until May 2.

15 Responses to Why You Don’t Give Up

  1. Linda G. says:

    A lovely testament to persistence, and a fun trip down memory lane! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Awesome inspiration. You are inspiring me not to give up, though I admit sometimes I think about it and how much more time I’d have if I did.

  3. Love this, Dianne!! Very inspiring and a great reminder to look back and see how far you’ve come. Thanks.

  4. Persistence pays off…every time!!

  5. Thanks, Dianne, for the inspiring picture essay. And good luck with the deadline. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. What a great post! And look at all those beautiful books with your name on them! I already entered the contest over at GR so I hope I win a copy.

    (BTW, I got more than a few of those diskettes myself, with long, long tomes on them.)

  7. This is so awesome, Dianne! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I heart u. You so inspire me. Thx!

  9. Sun Singer says:

    That’s an exciting series of photographs. I know you’ll keep adding to it!


  10. So inspiring. Thank you : ) And I love your dragons and damsels in distress!

  11. Steven says:

    Dianne, sometimes I wonder if my fiction writing will really take off. It’s things like this post that lift my spirits. Thank you!

  12. Nice! We all need that reminder sometimes.

  13. The power of perseverance. Thanks for sharing.

  14. noooooo. I missed the GR giveaway!!