Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead: The Bumpy Road to Getting Published

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A treasure trove of sage advice for the new writer packaged in easy to digest and fun to read anecdotes. Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead offers real world suggestions for writing novels or non-fiction and turning them into not only saleable, but bestseller works. Maralys Wills, creative-writing teacher and author of twelve books in many genres, shares from her own experience the dos and don'ts of getting published.
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Overview


A treasure trove of sage advice for the new writer packaged in easy to digest and fun to read anecdotes. Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead offers real world suggestions for writing novels or non-fiction and turning them into not only saleable, but bestseller works. Maralys Wills, creative-writing teacher and author of twelve books in many genres, shares from her own experience the dos and don'ts of getting published.
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Editorial Reviews

Sidney Sheldon
As I read, each sentence compelled me to read the next, and before long I was completely lost in your wonderful book.
Beverly Bush Smith
Who would believe a how-to book that’s a page turner? Maralys Wills pulls it off with a compelling narrative arc that propels a wealth of do-able info for the reader-writer. Building the romantic scene, developing characters, writing the query letter, marketing and more—it’s all here in wisdom gleaned from years of writing triumph, and, most important, failure. It’s a realistic book, an honest book that allows readers to learn from each step and misstep, each revision
Jerry D. Simmons
This is a must read for every writer — both informative and entertaining.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932173918
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Maralys Wills has published twelve books, raised six children and "lucked into the world's best teaching job." Educated at Stanford and UCLA, she teaches novel-writing on the college level, and in 2000 was named Teacher of the Year. Her most challenging project, a poignant memoir titled Higher Than Eagles, became her greatest triumph, garnering excellent reviews and five movie options.
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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    A fast-paced, information-packed read

    I was given this book as a gift and was surprised at how much I learned from the author's story of her own writing career, as well as tips for taking my writing to a new level. I found the book to be very valuable -both for craft and encouragement - as if the author was writing directly to me. Great resource for new writers as well as a review for seasoned ones.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Instructive and highly entertaining

    Like a great novel, I didn't want this book to end. As entertaining as it is instructive, I found myself reading "Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead: The Bumpy Road to Getting Published," over breakfast, squeezed in before dinner, and late at night. It didn't want to put it down.

    She drew me into her story and soon I found myself wondering what was going to happen next, only later jotting down notes to remember for my own writing.

    With a dozen books published, she authentically provides the advice writers need. Fiction writers will discover tangible, work-ready ideas. Non-fiction writers will find constructive guidance throughout, including plot ideas. Reading this non-fiction book filled with interesting anecdotes and a mildly suspenseful cadence provides a real life example of how to entertain and inform at the same time.

    Her book doesn't gloss over the difficulties (137 submissions before one of her books was sold!), but describes the persistence and focus all writers require, as well as specific techniques that will polish a manuscript until it gleams.

    Perhaps it reads like fiction because Maralys Wills has authored numerous fiction books. Though I bought her book to help with my non-fiction writing, she had me wondering if my next book could be fiction! She provides specific, useful advice on critical areas such as plot, character, finding ideas, research, and selling a manuscript or book idea. She provides advice with depth.

    One of her books was especially close to her heart, and she used its "bumpy road to getting published" as a core example throughout this book. At times I wanted to reach out to her and listen as she poured out her sadness or her excitement. She had me living this roller coaster life with her.

    Perhaps because she drew me into her tale, I felt present with her, as if I were one of her students in class. I absorbed her advice like a sponge and instantly found the mistakes in my own writing, as if she were critiquing my work in person. Beyond the classroom, I find myself still living with the characters in my head, wondering what they are going to do next.

    A good novel does that - leaves you wanting more. In this case, the main character is the author herself, and there is only one way to keep this book alive: to apply Maralys Wills' advice from "Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead."

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Useful and compelling

    Like a great novel, I didn't want this book to end. As entertaining as it is instructive, I found myself reading "Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead: The Bumpy Road to Getting Published," over breakfast, squeezed in before dinner, and late at night. It didn't want to put it down.


    She drew me into her story and soon I found myself wondering what was going to happen next, only later jotting down notes to remember for my own writing.


    With a dozen books published, she authentically provides the advice writers need. Fiction writers will discover tangible, work-ready ideas. Non-fiction writers will find constructive guidance throughout, including plot ideas. Reading this non-fiction book filled with interesting anecdotes and a mildly suspenseful cadence provides a real life example of how to entertain and inform at the same time.


    Her book doesn't gloss over the difficulties (137 submissions before one of her books was sold!), but describes the persistence and focus all writers require, as well as specific techniques that will polish a manuscript until it gleams.


    Perhaps it reads like fiction because Maralys Wills has authored numerous fiction books. Though I bought her book to help with my non-fiction writing, she had me wondering if my next book could be fiction! She provides specific, useful advice on critical areas such as plot, character, finding ideas, research, and selling a manuscript or book idea. She provides advice with depth.


    One of her books was especially close to her heart, and she used its "bumpy road to getting published" as a core example throughout this book. At times I wanted to reach out to her and listen as she poured out her sadness or her excitement. She had me living this roller coaster life with her.


    Perhaps because she drew me into her tale, I felt present with her, as if I were one of her students in class. I absorbed her advice like a sponge and instantly found the mistakes in my own writing, as if she were critiquing my work in person. Beyond the classroom, I find myself still living with the characters in my head, wondering what they are going to do next.


    A good novel does that - leaves you wanting more. In this case, the main character is the author herself, and there is only one way to keep this book alive: to apply Maralys Wills' advice from "Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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