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Share your writing success stories. If you subscribe to Writing Magazine and would like to feature here, email Tina Jackson,

Finding her way

‘Five years ago, my life was completely thrown upside down,’ writes subscriber Marie Delanote.

‘Our fourth child was born extremely premature, at 24 weeks gestation. I had a mission to share my story with the world.

‘People would say, “when do you find the time, having four children?” I didn’t really “have the time” but I found time to write my first book, The healing of the 1lb Baby.

‘The world of publishing seemed like a massive dark pool. I read books about how to contact publishing houses and sent out dozens of proposals. I only received rejection. A punch in the gut, rejection, ouch, every time. In the end, I self-published.

‘Nine months later, I found out the book had sold 110 copies. I was devastated. That was it! It wasn’t for me, I was rubbish. I had suddenly forgotten about those lovely ladies I didn’t know, who had sent me messages over Facebook and email how they had been inspired by my story.

‘I picked myself up, grateful for how far I’d come.

‘Summer 2015, working on two different projects, I could feel something wasn’t right. I started meditating on the question “What should I do next?” Within minutes it was written in my mind’s eye, combined with an exciting feeling: “children’s meditation book”.

As my whole life had changed thanks to meditation, I started writing down all of my meditations I had created. I also visualised being published by a big publishing house, every day and I worked hard! When doubt crept in, I picked myself up and kept working.

I received more rejection. The difference was, this time, when I received rejection I would say to myself: “There is something better out there for my book’.

‘May 2016, I received an email from Findhorn Press. They really liked the concept and wanted to publish my book. I had done this, my perseverance, believe and hard work had given me this result.

‘Never give up, the next proposal you send might be the one that will be accepted!

‘My book and CD Acorns to Great Oaks – Meditations for Children are released on 13 June.’

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