None Of Them Had It Easy. None.

by James L. Rubart, @jameslrubart

Are you a fan of the TV show, Biography?  A few years ago I got hooked on the show and binged on it for a few months.

Here are a few of the profiles/episodes I took a look at:

  • John Travolta
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Eminem
  • Jodie Foster
  • Robert Downy Jr.
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Plus another 10 or 20.

I’m fascinated by where these people came from, what got them from there to where they are now, and what they had to go through to arrive.

I was surprised. Every time.

I had this idea that many stars walked into their gifting/destiny with a few minor pebbles in the road, not a street where bombs had gone off and were still exploding.

ALL of the stories revealed serious setbacks before these stars achieved fame and fortune. All.

A repeating mantra when outsiders describe these people is,

  • “They were so incredibly determined.”
  • “They worked harder than anyone else.”
  • “They knew what they wanted, fixed their eyes on it and refused to give up.”
  • “No one came to see them at first, but they didn’t care. They just kept at it.”

I read an article on Kelly Clarkson in the September 7th issue of Entertainment magazine where she says, “A lot of people that I know, especially from Idol, don’t necessarily want to be singers or artists; they just want to be famous.”

Talent isn’t enough. We have to work hard. When the rain is falling. When it feels impossible.

A friend of mine, Caleb Breakey,  recently signed a three-book deal with Revell and he posted this photo on Facebook that I love:

It took him ten years of rejections, late nights, sacrifice, pain. But he did it. He persevered. He refused to give up.

I suppose I could have made this reflection much shorter and simply said, “Hey, it’s tough on everyone who wants to reach a dream, you’re not alone.”

But I think knowing others have been on and are on this path, helps.

Maybe you’ve “made it.” Been published. Reached all your goals. Wonderful. Maybe you’re just starting out, or are a ways along, but have so many more things you want to accomplish.

It comes down to this: You have to believe in yourself. When no one else does. There is no other choice. There is no other path.


The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, INSPY, CAROL and RT Book Reviews award winning author of eight novels as well as a professional speaker, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder of the Rubart Writing Academy. During the day he runs his branding and marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at www.jameslrubart.com

Celebrating Our Authors

NovelRocket is proud to have such a high caliber of contributing authors.  We also like to celebrate accomplishments in the industry.

If you have been following our blog, you know that ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference last weekend. The final evening of the conference is a gala where ten books published in 2016 are given a Carol Award, one award per category: contemporary, historical, historical romance, mystery/suspense/thriller, novella, romance, romantic suspense, short novel, speculative, and debut novel.

This year we had three contributors receive a Carol award.

Novella – Michelle Griep for The Doctor’s Woman

Romantic Suspence –  Lynette Eason for Always Watching

Speculative – James L. Rubart for The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

Congratulations! We are blessed to have you a part of the NovelRocket contributors.

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You Would Resent Having Overnight Success

by James L. Rubart, @jameslrubart

It’s true.

Even though you don’t entirely believe it. Neither did I.

When I went to my first writing conference back in 2006, I wanted the agent I submitted the first 10 pages of my manuscript to, to email me before I even got to the conference and say, “Oh, wow! You must send the rest! Now! Now!”

(Truth be told, in my deluded, uneducated state of mind, a small part of me expected that to happen.)

What I Needed, What you Might Need as Well

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You Might Need to Wake Up

by James L. Rubart, @jameslrubart

After I won the Christy Award Book of the Year, a Carol Award for speculative fiction, and the ACFW Mentor of the Year last year, my son Taylor came to me and said, “Uh, Dad, do you think maybe it’s time you do more than teach workshops at conferences?”

“What do you mean?”

“You got published, hit the bestseller list, and started winning awards in four years. It takes most novelists ten on average, right?”

“Yeah.”

“So do you think anyone might want to know exactly how you did that? Show them how they can do it too?”

“Um, yeah, maybe.”

“No. Not maybe. Definitely.”

So Taylor and I created the RubartWriting Academy.

I was so close to it, I didn’t see the opportunity. Let this be a challenge to you, to look at where you might need to wake up in your life.

After I told Taylor he was right, I should start something to help frustrated writers, I thought about it and thought about it and thought about it, and did nothing. It wasn’t till Taylor said, “Let’s do it together. I’ll help you,” that it happened.

Now that it’s launched, I realize without Taylor, the Rubart Writing Academy would still be sitting in the “Someday” file in my brain. He has taken care of so many things I never would have gotten around to doing. He’s more organized than I am, more tech savvy, more than me in so many areas.

What I am giving up to have Taylor involved? Money. Fifty percent. Full control, because he gets a 50% vote. What am I gaining? A dream turning into reality that I couldn’t have done without him.

Your Turn

What are the things you’ve been meaning to do? Where do you need to wake up and say, “Yeah, I’m just not good at that, I need someone else to do it or it will never get done?”

It might cost you, yes. But what is the cost if you keep putting it off? I’m a firm believer that 50% of a $100 is worth way more than 100% of nothing.

Find your partner. Go after the dream. Make it happen.

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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer


What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.


James L. Rubart
 is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, INSPY, CAROL and RT Book Reviews award winning author of eight novels as well as a professional speaker, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder of the Rubart Writing Academy. During the day he runs his branding and marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at www.jameslrubart.com