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?


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!!

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