Don’t Give Up If You Think You’re Good

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We recently had fun with “the More Cowbell sketch” from Saturday Night Live.

According to Seth Meyers, who served as head writer for SNL for a while, the More Cowbell Sketch was submitted over seven times before making the show.

The sketch is often considered one of the greatest SNL sketches ever made, and in many “best of” lists regarding SNL sketches, it is often placed in the top ten, being ranked number nine by Rolling Stone. As a result of its popularity, “more cowbell” became an American pop culture catchphrase.


Considered one of the greatest skits ever, and it was rejected at least six times.


What if they’d have quit after three or four tries?


Steven Spielberg is probably my favorite director, and we think he’s had nothing but success, but that’s not true.


The movie Spielberg directed before the world wide blockbuster Jurassic Park?



Not wildly popular OR successful.


In fact, if you look over his movies, there are lots of “bad” ones in there.


Like Jackson Brown told Eagles singer/songwriter Glenn Frey, when the fledging band was struggling.  Frey was worried. “What if the songs I write are bad?”


Brown had the answer. “You’ll write some bad songs. But you’ll write some good songs, too.”


Why would you think it would be any different for writing books?


Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

12 thoughts on “Don’t Give Up If You Think You’re Good

  1. Thanks, Dan. Great advice at the perfect time. I’m just preparing myself to start submitting. I’ve got a shortlist, ordered by preference, of who I’m going to approach. Being my first time, I have to say I’m quite scared, but if I don’t at least try I’ll never know!!

    1. Tess, I’m 71, commercially published for the first time with Dan’s “The Box Under the Bed” anthology! I’ve worked joyfully with writing all my life and with self-publishing my stories for a long time. I published young writers, as well as submitted my own manuscripts a time, or three, in my twenties for traditional publication. The greatest joy in my life is writing. I love every aspect of it. Yet, this first commercial success afforded by Dan’s writing contest and resultant anthology is very flavorful, indeed, for me ! Keep going, Tess!!! You’ll be happy you did !!

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