Sherry Gloag’s Path to Publication Story

Today’s guest host is Sherry Gloag, and she’ll be sharing her path to publication story today. Thanks Sherry!


It is a truth universally acknowledged… that the path to publication is a rocky one. For some, rockier than for others.

Take John Grisham, for instance. A dozen publishers and over 15 agents rejected Mr. Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, before his best-selling career took off.

And then there’s J.K. Rowling, Her first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was submitted to twelve publishing houses before it was accepted by Bloomsbury.

Even the King of Horror had to face the horror of getting rejected. Stephen King is quoted as saying… “nail in my wall [that he hung his rejections on] would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.”

In September 1901, after six rejections, due to a lack of colourful pictures, Beatrice Potter changed the name of her story to The Tale of Peter Rabbit and published it herself. It was eventually picked up by Frederick Warne & Co. and by the end of that year it had sold 28,000 copies.

I could go on… and on, but I won’t 🙂

Did I experience rejections? Of course I did, over a period of several years. Happily, not as many as the above mentioned authors, but a rejection is a rejection, and each one has the power to steal a little bit of hope and enthusiasm from your soul – if you let it. To begin with I wasn’t aware that a couple of rejections were worded in such a way they were inviting me to do a re-write and resubmit. But then that’s part of an author’s walk. It’s called experience. Others were simple rejections, well as simple as any rejection can be, but then came that day, when an editor asked me why I thought she should publish my book. My response was, “Because I believe in my characters and my story and if you don’t take it, I will just keep submitting it elsewhere.” Bless her, she accepted it because she shared my belief.

In October 2010 The Wild Rose Press published my first book, The Brat. And this year, in October 2013, Astraea Press published my ninth book, a Christmas story, Name The Day.

Name the Day coverRenowned portrait artist, Samantha Brown is through with men. After dealing with an overbearing father and cheating ex-fiance, Samantha is not in the market for romance, of any kind. Give her a blank canvas, some paints and brushes and she’s in charge of her life. There was no room in her life for love, so why did she find herself giving in to Rafael Santini’s outrageous demand that she paint his portrait?

Satisfied with his upcoming marriage of convenience Rafael Santini isn’t in the market for love. So, how come he finds the pint-sized artist stirring up emotions he didn’t have time for?

An accident forces Rafael to re-evaluate his life and wonder whether he can teach Samantha the art of love.

Buy Links for Name the Day

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About Sherry

Best-selling author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England.  She considers the surrounding countryside as extension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs “thinking time” and solitude to work out the plots for her next novel.  While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters, as long as there are no other walkers close by.

Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office.  She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.

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