True Publishing Story: Gretchen McNeil


For this next installment in the “True Publishing Story” series, we recently sat down with Gretchen McNeil, author of POSSESS which is published with Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Gretchen’s tips:

  • Focus on new projects during the lulls in the lengthy publishing process
  • Enjoy the time when you’re writing for yourself, not on deadline
  • Getting rejected is part of the process of becoming (and being) a published author. Make the commitment to yourself to continue to write and improve your skills to get through all the rejections.
  • Remember, rejection isn’t personal. Instead of taking a rejection as a personal attack, look for feedback within it that can help you improve.
  • The further along you get in the publishing process, the more stressful it gets. So to keep the stress in check, be sure to take the time to celebrate and enjoy the small wins along the way.

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A big thank you to Gretchen for spending some time with me! You can purchase her POSSESS on Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, and her next novel TEN is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, IndieBound.  You can keep up with Gretchen on her website: