From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 2

The small ad said, “Literary agent moving to Houston—out of New York—to be where the writers are.”

I made an appointment with Mr. Hudson. After telling him about myself, beginning with third grade and including an overview of my current novel, he said,“You’re just the kind of author I like to take on. I’m planning to go to New York to hand-deliver a manuscript for another author. Maybe I can come back with two advance checks.”

Three weeks passed, and I phoned his office. No word. Six weeks passed and the receptionist was straight -forward.“Mr. Hudson said to tell you that your manuscript doesn’t quite have the . . . potential . . . he’s looking for.”

I scolded myself for even thinking I had the ability to write a novel—until two months later when I saw an article about Mark Johnson, alias Paul Hudson, alias Jack Zimple, moving from state to state scamming would-be authors.

Many years and 37 published books later, I still recall the value of this experience: Don’t ever let somebody else tell you the value of your work.

Dianna Boo

Circumstances can make you
doubt yourself. Don’t give up.

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