Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Guest blogger: Deborah LeBlanc

Today, I'm pleased to welcome acclaimed horror writer Deborah LeBlanc, as she guest-blogs on the subject of success ...

When I first started writing, I had been in business for more years than I cared to remember. At first, I thought the two entities (writing and business) had absolutely nothing in common, so I tried separating the two. It didn't take long for me to realize how big a mistake that assumption was. Writing is a business, just different from the ones I was used to. Needless to say, though, as I restructured my thinking and attempted to merge the two together, I met with frustration of the highest order. Argg! As some of you have heard me spout off about before, publishing does not follow any standard business practice known to man, woman, or wooly-back orangutan. It's its own worst enemy at times.

That being said, however, I decided to take the advice of a man I'd admired for years. One whose wisdom has helped me understand the meaning of success, which inevitably moved me up the ladder in quite a few corporations. I figured why not use those same principles in writing?

So I did. And I'll be damn if they didn't prove to be just as true in the publishing business as in any other venture.

I thought I'd share some of that guy's wisdom with you today....

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.

Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.

If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

Remember, it's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

--Vince Lombardi

What or who has inspired you to keep pushing forward when life gets tough?


Deborah's more than just an inspiring blogger. She's a horror novelist critics love. Check out the praise for her new book, WATER WITCH:

“One of the best new voices of modern horror.”Cemetery Dance

“It’s now official: Deborah LeBlanc has become a master not only of good spooky stories, but also of crafting great characters to fill them.”The Horror Fiction Review

“An imaginative chiller. Riveting!”Publishers Weekly on Family Inheritance

“A solid haunted house thriller.”Midwest Book Review on A House Divided

I hope you'll look for WATER WITCH the next time you visit your favorite chain or independent bookstore. To buy online, visit Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com or any cyber bookseller. For more information, visit Deborah's website at deborahleblanc.com.

Click here to see the video trailer for WATER WITCH!

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