About Me

  My Life: The Abbreviated Version

Nearly ten years ago, I  graduated from school and was right on time for the U.S.’s first mini-recession.  There were hardly any jobs and those that were plentiful, paid pitiful wages.

Author Rachel RuebenVia ThumbPress

I went into freelance writing and got a few gigs but struggled as print magazines and newspapers started closing.  So I went back to looking for a real job, but there was a problem, it had been five years since I graduated and my skills looked like this to employers…

YA Novelist
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Following the advice of a career coach, I volunteered, and found a writer’s group on Facebook looking for a virtual assistant.  I applied and imagine my surprise when they said yes.

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Being around real writers lit a fire under me and I devoted 100% of my time to writing a children’s book called, “Escape of the Dodos,” but after 40 rejections, I started wondering if I was any good?…

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I discovered the business was in a flux, so this was basically the 3rd time I had trouble finding work due to reasons beyond my control.

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Then during the year of 2010, several young gay teens committed suicide after being tormented by their peers.  So I decided to write Hag and by March of 2012, I had a novel that I pitched to several agents but they all declined.

Freelance Writer
Rejection Hall by Tess_Marie

Frustrated, I made the choice to publish it myself.  With very little money, I designed the cover and then one thing led to another…

All 3 Books RR 2015

Now I’m an author and couldn’t be happier!

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If you want to know more, you can join my mailing list or not, I don’t care, it’s not like I’m not a cop or anything. 🙂

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Rachael, You are thrilling – a ray of hope, a genius guru. After being away from my writing world for several years, I’ve just read your superbe book ‘Self-Publishing Hacks No One Tells You About’. Easy to read, complete in content flow and thorough in thinking. Amazing and free info for beginners and oldies alike. You now have a dedicated FAN. I’m changing hosts,y websites are down. But I’m back to work…..thanks!!!
    Sandy Simmons, aka Jenine Alexander theotherlover-a-novel.com (hey, there now is
    another TheOtherLover. Have I been away too long???!!!!)

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  2. Hi Sandy, and welcome back! I’ve walked away several times too, so no, it’s not too late. I’m glad you enjoyed the book, I wrote it for several of my friends who are just starting their journey. But if I’m honest, I wrote it for myself, this is the book I needed when I started.

    Good luck with you upcoming novel, I wish you all the success in the world. 😀

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