Commitment In Writing

27 Jun

003And here we are this 27th day of June, 2013, and summer is about to arrive in the Pacific Northwest.  Warm and dry starting tomorrow, and I for one am more than ready.

I’m also more than ready for some success.  How about you? Would you like to see some success roll your way?  Would you like to see one of your articles published or a book you are working on gobbled up by an agent or publisher?

The article I wrote today on HubPages will take you step by step through the submission process.  I hope it helps you, and I also hope that you give it a try and submit some work.  One thing I know for sure is success will not be handed to you.  You have to do the footwork and get yourself dirty.


Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
Mario Andretti

Where else can you find a quote from a race car driver?  LOL

Despite the source, the quote is right on for today’s discussion.  Determination and commitment…..mix in a little talent and you are on your way to the Big Show in this writing field.


Here are the submission guidelines for Indiana Review. I just picked a periodical at random so you can see what all the fuss is about.  When you submit to a magazine, these guidelines must be followed to the letter. No deviation will be accepted, so read carefully.


Take your rejection letters and hang them on your wall above your computer.  Let them serve as motivation to work harder and not give up.  Remember, a rejection letter does not mean you are a poor writer.



You know the drill….what does this photo mean to you?


Say hello to my good friend Mary.  She is known on HubPages as Tillsontitan and she has a great series of articles about the Academy Awards.  You can find her here.


So many things to consider.  Do I do a blog? How do I best network? How do I write a business plan? Do I have any budgeting for advertising?  Where will I find the time? Am I good enough?  And on and on it goes.

With the internet and the new technology that seems to come out daily, our heads are spinning as we try to learn new tools that can advance our careers.  Remember one thing……

There is no substitute for good writing!  First you must work your craft and then you worry about working the network.


But never fear, I will be back tomorrow and wish you all a great weekend.  I, for one, am going to shut it all down this weekend and get outside and enjoy some serious summer weather.  I hope you remember to recharge your personal batteries so that you never lose the love of writing.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

10 Responses to “Commitment In Writing”

  1. Janine Huldie June 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Said quite perfectly, but then again you always just say it so I suppose. And yes success would be nice, but you are right we have to work at getting there and thank you as always for the gentle reminder, too. Have a great day again!! 🙂

    • Billybuc June 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Thank you Janine. You of all people understand what it takes to succeed.

      Have a great day my friend.

  2. Audrey Howitt June 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Enjoy your time away Bill–the submission process is daunting!

    • Billybuc June 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Audrey, I hope you give it a try. Many magazines purchase what they call fillers which are often poems….I think yours is good enough to be purchased and published.

  3. Kelly Umphenour June 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Thanks again for all your helpful tips and links! I’m going to check out the hub and follow your advice to the T!

    • Billybuc June 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Kelly, just make sure you cross those T’s. LOL….thanks a bunch!

  4. pictimilitude June 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Success is really being in it for the long haul and taking baby steps every single day so that one day, that final baby step is the one that seals the deal for your success. 🙂

    • Billybuc June 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Well, Cyndi, I hope our deals are sealed soon. LOL Thanks, buddy, and have a great weekend. It’s going to be hot here.

  5. i'mkarn June 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    i love Mary’s articles on the academy awards, altho, for some reason – i don’t get emails when her work is published…
    As always, Bill – thanks for the encouragement, and i found your hp article VERY helpful.
    it’s bookmarked and i WILL be writing query letters one day not too far from now..
    i plan on being halfway thru my book by weeks end – that’s 25,000 words..
    shock and awe!
    thank you

    • Billybuc June 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Leslie, I smile every time I think of you writing that book. What a great, and shocking, accomplishment. LOL Way to go, girl!

      Have a great weekend my rabble-rousing friend.

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