The Story Behind Uneven Exchange by S.K. Derban

The publishing dilemma! Many literary agents only want to sign published authors. However, most of the publishing companies will only accept submissions from literary agents. What is a writer to do? I believe this is the reason so many writers decide to self-publish.

Uneven Exchange lgAs I received rejection after rejection, I too considered self-publishing. After a great deal of prayer, I recognized that any talent I have is a gift from God. For that reason, I made the personal decision to trust in the Lord, and wait for a publisher. If being a published author was completely right for my life, I knew that God would make it happen. Ten years and 500 rejections later, I signed with a publisher for my first novel. I am extremely glad I waited. My struggle to become a published author turned out to be a life changing experience. If I had self-published rather than waiting, I would not have learned the valuable lessons waiting taught me. I became stronger and more determined as a person. I learned to improve my writing skills, and became emotionally ready for the next chapter in my life.

Uneven Exchange was the first book I wrote, and the first book submitted. While going through the submission process, I continued writing, and attended various workshops and conferences. After approximately three hundred rejections, I stop submitting Uneven Exchange. My second book, For No Apparent Reason was completed, and a much superior book. It took two hundred more submissions to finally sign with an agent, and then publisher.

Throughout this process, I realized that Uneven Exchange desperately needed help. I basically started over! When I was confident I had written a very good book, Uneven Exchange was ready for submission. Fortunately, after proving myself as a successful author with For No Apparent Reason, this time it only took one submission letter!

Writers should continue to hone their skills, and never stop writing. I believe that a true writer must write because they simply cannot imagine not writing! I would write even if never published. Write because you love to write. When you write for yourself first, good writing will find its way to others.


S.K. DerbanBorn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe. S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips. When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience. The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

Her latest book is the mystery romance, Uneven Exchange.

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