Wednesday, June 24, 2015



As I may have mentioned here before, I coordinate a writers and
illustrators schmooze for SCBWI in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. For our June Schmooze we spent an evening with published author, Catherine Linka, whose second book, A Girl Undone released this week. It is the sequel to her first book A Girl Called Fearless. Catherine came to share her journey and tips on how to deal with rejection. However, her tips weren't just on dealing with rejection, but how she turned her dream into a successful reality.

While working as a book buyer for Flintridge Bookstore and Coffee House, an independent bookstore in La Cañada, Catherine obtained an MFA from Vermont College and wrote her first book which she described as, "If I can't sell this, I can't sell anything." Soon Catherine signed with an agent, bringing her one step closer to making her dream a reality... or so she thought. After months of rejections, Catherine's dream became a nightmare as she spent her days promoting book launch after book launch, while her own career stalled. But, as Walt Disney said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Catherine became as fearless as her main character, Avie, as she continued to pursue her dream. A dream that turned into the reality of a two book deal along with an opportunity to turn the first book into a television series. In the end Catherine's journey on rejection inspired us to hold on to our dreams.  To understand that writing is a business. That rejection isn't about you and if you have the courage to pursue your dream, it can come true.

You can read more about Catherine on her blog. Or buy her books and become fearless yourself.

Are you waiting on a dream? Did Catherine's story inspire you to pursue it? Do you believe that dreams can come true?

15 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Signing with an agent is never a guarantee, but she stuck it out and kept after her goals.

The Schmooze sounds like a great idea.

T. Drecker said...

Love the idea of a schmooze! Stories like this are inspiring, and so necessary to hear. Thanks for the reminder.

Angela Verges said...

It's always encouraging to hear success stories. Thanks.

Karen Lange said...

It's great to meet Catherine! Her story is inspiring. Thanks for the introduction, Jenn. :) Have a great rest of the week!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Very inspiring, shows hanging in there can work!

Cherie Reich said...

Her story is definitely inspirational. We can't wait on dreams to come true. We have to do something to make them happen.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

When you hear someone go through all of that, you know you can do it.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Yes, I've been waiting on a dream. For a long time I've wanted to be published. Even if just a magazine article. My problem is putting forth the effort and finding time to stick to what I long for.

Why is there so little time in which to do things?

Liz A. said...

What a great story. It's great that she held on until she was able to sell her book.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like a great speaker. Some days it's seems easier to give up but then other days the dreams seems real.
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Laurie L Young said...

Both inspiring and sobering. Gotta go—I have a lot of reading to do!

Medeia Sharif said...

What a wonderful spotlight on an author and her persistence. Congrats to Catherine on her success.

Crystal Collier said...

I love that. Walt Disney is one of my greatest inspirations, and it just goes to show that persistence pays. Of course, it's never pretty while we're in the trenches.

blogoratti said...

Great and inspiring stuff indeed.

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