I Will What I Want!

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So by now you all have seen Misty Copland’s Under Armour commercial if not here is the LINK.  In it she reads a rejection letter she had gotten from a ballet company, due to her body type. Watching that I was so incredibly moved because in my mind I kept wondering how she must have felt and on earth that company must be feeling right now.

But not just them. How about some of the most famous writers today.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding was rejected 20 times before it was published.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times before it was published.

Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl was rejected 15 times before it was published. Today it is the most read non-fiction work behind to the bible.

Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times before it was published.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 12 times and J. K. Rowling was told “not to quit her day job.”….(Now she could mostly buy her job and whatever company she worked for.)

As authors (or at least I did) we see publishers and agents like gods on Mount Olympus. It feels almost impossible to touch them. I’ve gotten emails from fans asking me if they should just give up after getting rejections and to them I say do whatever you want to do.

If you are a writer, a little thing like a rejection will hurt but not writing will hurt ten times worse. People should never walk away from what they are passionate about no matter the obstacles in front of them.

For me, I have dyslexia, reading and writing growing up felt like a special type of hell. I would have to read in front of the class sometimes and would mix up and skip over words. It was just horrible. But I loved storytelling. I loved making up people and letting them free in my own made up world.

I wanted to tell stories so I forced myself to write. I turn of the red underline on Microsoft Word until after I’m finished because seeing it all makes me feel stupid and discouraged. But I still write anyway. People comment about my grammar and spelling all the time, I do my best to fix it and I keep writing because this is what I love to do. I have stories roaming around my head all the time that I want to share, if couldn’t do that I know I would lose my mind.

Which is why I agree with Under Armour. Don’t listen to anyone else when it comes to your dreams and passions.

I will…what I want….and so can you.

J

Happy Hump Day

Monday Withdraws: Why is the Weekend Over?

Anyway for the most part this weekend was amazing! Between packing, writing, working and school I was able to read a finish reading 3 amazing books. Well two novellas and one novel. I feel like I just finished summer class and all of sudden I need to head back to school. But yay I did get to relax just a little bit!

The first is the series everyone on twitter is talking about….

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I loved it and can’t wait for the 3rd one.

The novel I finished reading is

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That’s what I was reading :D

Now it’s midnight and I’m going to bed (I feel like I’ve been saying that all.)

Thanks for being fans

JJ

Tweeter me Purple: Sunday Mistakes.

EDITED: NO TWEETS WERE DELETED FROM THIS CONVERSATION.

So I really truly believe this was a misunderstand that got out of hand quickly.

You see we were having a civil conversation. When I tweeted this;

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I honestly had no idea it would make Aly so mad. The only reason why I tweeted that is because I had gotten another tweet from someone else who had dislike my book.

Before all of that happened this is what was going on.

ORIGINAL: Sigh. So before I get myself in deeper water or in fact find myself going crazy on a sunday evening I decided to post this for you all to be the judge.

Now first, I don’t check reviews often. Unless you send it to me. 99.9% of the times all the reviews sent to me are good reviews from fans. So when I got a link to another review I got excited.

However….it was not a good review. And with all reviews once I’ve started I can’t stop. I figured the person who sent me the link really wanted me to read it.

So this what happened afterward.

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The first thing I did was say sorry she didn’t like it. I know my book isn’t for everyone but I was interested in hearing her thoughts since again I thought she reached out to me.

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She seemed really nice and honestly just had problems with how things were in the book.

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As you can see I even liked some of the times she said. I really thought she honestly dislike the book and was trying to help be see a different point of view.

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Everything still look fine to me.

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So as you see the last two tweets have chanced completely.

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I AM KICKING MYSELF! One because this again goes back to my first tweet and secondly because I got messages from people saying that she was talking behind my back on goodreads. 

I felt like I had been baited had my words twisted when in all honestly I just wanted to have a valid conversation with her. She was passionate about a problem she saw in my work and I thought I could even ask her to beta read for me. (yes I know that would be a favor)

This drama was not what I wanted.

I’m so upset and frustrated.

Ps. Don’t message her on my account. I just wanted to clear this up so that no one would think I really was trying to attack another reviewer.

Guys, I am so sorry. I feel like I let you down whenever I get into this type of drama.

Again I did not delete post. As Aly said herself in the last tweet. She was upset because I tweeted about not wanted to get tagged. That’s it. There was nothing else said in this conversation which is why i’m shocked.

 

Ruthless People Available NOW

 

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I have no words. A year ago I started this journey with you all and today it’s live for the free world. To say I’m nervous about how Ruthless People will be received is an understatement. Having you all stand behind me, support me, and cheer me on has been so amazing. Again I have no words for how lucky and blessed I feel to have you all as fans. If you could all see my face right now. Thank you for telling your friends, family and even people you don’t know to get a copy! A lot of you have asked for links and so here they are! I really hope you enjoy Ruthless People even more now!

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Ruthlessly Yours

JJ