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I love this post. Thank you for sharing your experience this year.

I’m not sure exactly what next year is going to look like for me, but I know I want to be a lot kinder to myself.

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πŸ’œπŸ’œ I’m sorry the year has been rough. I feel you, though. Onward to 2023 and I hope that some of those irons work out!

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I firmly believe you are right - persistence is key in writing. Thanks so much for this post and all your posts. Have a wonderful holiday, and i look forward to reading more from you in 2023!

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I have a post going up tomorrow where I have many of these exact same thoughts. 2023 is going to be about intense periods of playing around with writing and creativity for me, I think.

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Thank you so much for sharing your actual income from writing this year. It's very eye-opening and even encouraging, in a way? Because it's like you said, the journey takes fortitude and perseverance, and it WILL be hard. But it's hard for everyone.

<3

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I think I’ll be borrowing your word for 2023. The last few years, I’ve had intend, simplify, and clarify. Also, thank you for your candor, hope, and wisdom. I agree with Rachel & Abby. As I reflect on this year, I’ve decided (despite many full requests without any offers) that I’m setting aside one project to pursue representation with another. It’s comforting to know that the business is hard at all stages! Looking forward to following your journey into 2023!

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Your posts are always such a comfort. Like Rachel, I deeply appreciate your transparency; I've been agented for YEARS and we've been on sub with several projects (with R&R requests that went nowhere) for a long time, and I still haven't sold anything. It's really comforting to know that this business is just hard, full-stop.

This time of year is particularly hard with authors reflecting on their successes; I'm happy for them, but it's difficult not to dwell on my own struggles. So again, thank you for your honesty, your bravery, and your persistence. Looking forward to more new work from you whenever the universe aligns.

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Dec 20, 2022Liked by Erin Bowman

As an aspiring author who is currently querying, I appreciate your transparency. You are one of my favorites, and I am confident that persistence (for us both) will pay off. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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