“My debut comes out in 2020. I’ll be 62.”
(Words spoken by Mary Cecilia Jackson. Taken from Twitter. )
Her post is dated from February of 2019. I am not currently on Twitter(for no specific reason), so I first viewed her post on Facebook. It made it’s rounds through just about every writing group. And for good reason. It is inspiring to see a real life example of a person following their heart, their dream and to see them actually succeed. I’m posting the image of her Twitter post just below.
Whether you are an aspiring writer or aspiring to achieve any dream that seems impossible(beating addictions included). She is an example that as she stated: “There is no age limit to your dreams.”
Just to give you an idea on how difficult it is to be traditionally published, here are examples of three people who were:
“Stephen King’s first big novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. He tossed it in the wastebasket but his wife fished it out. He earned $39 million in 2012.”
“John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected 12 times, and he unsuccessfully tried to sell copies from the trunk of his car. He earned $26 million last year.”
“Mystery writer Janet Evanovich pulled in $33 million last year, but wrote for ten years before getting published. She labored first in the romance field before hitting it big with bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.”
Writing is not an easy job, clearly. The above examples give some perspective on just how hard it is. Mary Cecilia Jackson likely knew the odds before perusing her dream, but they did not stop her. Life and age did not stop her. I love that once she committed to doing what she loved she stayed the course. She says in her post she started with children’s books then moved on to YA(young adult). That must have taken: keeping an open mind and not giving up on the day she realized she was not going to be a children’s author. She persevered and kept at it until her goal was reached.
Her debut novel “Sparrow” comes out in March of 2020. She has a website and blog with inspirational topics. You can visit her site at: