When she was in her late twenties, Bethany Wiggins finally decided what she wanted to do when she “grew up.” It all started one fateful afternoon at her sister’s house. Out of the blue Bethany’s sister told her that she was going to try writing a book and asked Bethany if she also wanted to try. “All it takes,” the sister explained, “is an hour a day of writing for one year, and by the end of that year, you will have a book.”
Bethany loved reading. Sometimes she even secretly dreamed of being a published author (but that dream was safely tucked away with those other impossible dreams . . . like being a movie star or famous artist). Nevertheless, she accepted the challenge. One year and two manuscripts later, Bethany realized that writing was her passion.
It is said that getting a book published is about as easy as getting struck by lightning. It is probably about as painful, too. Bethany tried to get her second manuscript published (the first was total garbage, and she was a decent enough writer to realize that). She queried literary agents to see if they would take her on as a client, but none of them would. Her writing just wasn’t good enough. But instead of stopping her, the negative feedback made her more determined to see her dream come true. She worked harder than ever before.
She wrote another book.
And another, all the while getting rejection after rejection. “You’re writing is not good enough.” “This just isn’t for me.” “Surely another literary agent will feel differently, but I don’t like the story.” “Good, but not good enough.” “No thank you.” “Best of luck somewhere else.” She got roughly three hundred rejections, and that isn’t counting the literary agents who didn’t take the time to respond to manuscripts they didn’t want.
And then one day, she got a yes. That one tiny yes has turned into a career with one of the top publishers in the world and three young adult novels (Shifting, Cured and Stung) that are sold world-wide.
And now that she has attained the highly unattainable dream of being a young adult author, she’s realized there is something she likes even more—being a mother. Bethany has five children, ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years old. She considers them her greatest achievement in life (but she still loves writing).