Why You *Really* Should Finish that Book


  1. W. J. Howard
    W. J. Howard August 14, 2013 at 8:06 am .

    I always love to read success stories. You’ve come a long way. Very inspiring!

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy August 14, 2013 at 8:30 am .

      Thanks – it’s always a good day when I can tell an inspiring story!

  2. […] I’m over at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog today, telling a shameful story about how I royally screwed up one of my very first pitches. […]

  3. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey August 14, 2013 at 8:29 am .

    Hi Jeffe, and welcome to the blog. Your post gives valuable advice to those who still, even after all the cautions, schedule conference pitch session without a completed manuscript. Congratulations on your success. You inspire the rest of us to keep on writing.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy August 14, 2013 at 8:31 am .

      Thanks Patricia! I’d be happy if my mistake helps someone else!

  4. Amy R
    Amy R August 14, 2013 at 10:57 am .

    So authors are human, too? I strongly believe everyone has a path and I guess that wasn’t yours at the time. Misty Evans always says every book has their time, too, so maybe it wasn’t Rogue’s time then either? Glad it was finally published! It was a mighty fine book. Congrats on your success!

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy August 14, 2013 at 11:22 am .

      Shhh….don’t tell! And you’re right – I wasn’t ready, the book wasn’t ready and it all worked out. Thanks for the good wishes!

  5. Terri Bischoff
    Terri Bischoff August 14, 2013 at 11:33 am .

    As an acquiring editor, it doesn’t bother me all that much when someone pitches me an incomplete manuscript. BUT, I would like to know that it’s not finished from the beginning, that way I can give developmental feedback, rather than determining if it is something that might fit in my line. Keep in mind though that I am probably in the minority.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy August 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm .

      Good to know, Terri! But what about with a first-time novelist? I can sell to my editors on spec NOW, but back then I didn’t have the cred. (And shouldn’t have, really.)

  6. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek August 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm .

    What a great post. Thank you so much for sharing your experience for those of us a few steps behind you on the path. I think this also is a strong story of how there are many different paths to success and one “goof” isn’t a death sentence.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy August 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm .

      All really excellent points, Julie – I’m glad you liked it!

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