Guest Blog: Christi Corbett’s New Release

Christi Corbett authorPlease give a warm welcome to Christi Corbett, debut author. You’ll remember her guest post here on Weird Stuff Kids Say: Twin Humor. Today she’s here to talk about her new release, Along the Way Home, which is at the top of my must-read list. Take it away, Christi.

First, I’d like to give a big thank you to Moriah for allowing me to host her blog! I truly appreciate her sharing her readers with me as I celebrate the release of my debut novel, Along the Way Home, a Sweet Historical Romance about a prim society woman and her rugged trail guide’s adventures along the 1843 Oregon Trail.

Why Writers Need a “I Don’t Suck” File


Every writer fears it. Every published author knows it intimately. Most writers/authors even keep these rejections all together in a file folder or a box.

To combat the overwhelming feeling of Look at all these people who think you’re a horrible writer. You should just give up NOW! that occurs when opening my rejection file, I’ve created a “I Don’t Suck” file.

What is an “I Don’t Suck” file?

It’s the cure for the sting of rejection.

Mine is a file folder of positive things people—especially other writers—have said about my writing.

Why do writers need an “I Don’t Suck” file?

Simple. When you are mired in despair, or looking at a fresh rejection, or thinking about giving up, you can pull out this file you’ve created for just such an occasion, open it up, and read all the good things people have said about your work.

Why bother creating such a file?

Because rejection, if you let it, can lead you down the path of Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this. Maybe I’m wasting my time. (Insert your favorite “mired in despair” comment here).

Cure the sting and make an “I Don’t Suck” file of your own.

How about you? How do you boost yourself up after rejection?


About Christi

I’m addicted to coffee, sticky notes, and the Oxford Comma. I live in a small town in Oregon with my husband and our twins. Our home’s location is especially inspiring because the view from the back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the OregonTerritory and beyond.

When I’m not writing I love chatting with readers and writers alike. You can find me in one of the following locations:



Twitter: @ChristiCorbett

Facebook: Christi Corbett—Author

Along the Way Home Christi Corbett

Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in OregonTerritory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father’s mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia’s elite society.


Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he’s eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy businessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.

Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother’s heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match.

Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted?

Advance Praise for Along the Way Home

…author Christi Corbett unfurls an unforgettable epic romance inside of an epic Western adventure. Beautifully crafted, this debut novel is a tender journey of the heart as well as a treacherous journey of many miles.

Eve Paludan, author of Taking Back Tara (Ranch Lovers Romance series)


A breathtaking account of courage and adventure along the Oregon Trail.

Jillian Kent, author of The
Ravensmoore Chronicles


A dash of action! A touch of intrigue! Loads of sweet, clean romantic promise…

Reid Lance Rosenthal, Winner of 15 National Awards, #1 Best Selling Author of the Threads West, An American Saga series.

Thank you again Moriah for sharing your blog and your readers with me today. If you’re interested in purchasing Along the Way Home, it is available now in e-reader formats on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, Astraea Press (my publisher),and OmniLit. Available in print July 2013.


  1. What a great post, Christi. And you’re right–despairing over rejection is a terrible strain on our creativity and waste of valuable writing time. Now that you’re a published author, you can change the name of your file to “Rave Reviews”, and add to it the emails from readers telling you how much they enjoyed your book. For every hurtful comment, rejection, or review there will be a dozen positive ones. You’ve done it! After years of doubt, re-writes, juggling family obligations, and learning your craft you’ve moved from aspiring to published. That’s HUGE. Feel that? That’s a big hug from me. Way to go, girl.

  2. christicorbett says:


    I got a rejection on the day Along the Way Home released, for a query I’d sent in October of 2013. How’s that for funny?

    I’m still amazed (and there’s been lots of happy tears this past week) when I get a review. I realize that not only has someone read it, but they liked it too. Such a fantastic feeling!

    Thank you so much, Kaki, for being so encouraging and supportive over these past years while I was struggling. Your support kept me going a lot of times, and your kind words were right at the top of the “I Don’t Suck” file.

    Christi Corbett

  3. I started to do this a while back. Some comments I get are verbal so I write them down myself and poke in my file. Every time I get a down moment, I just pull out the file and read the little notes. 😀 Just keeps me going on the tough days!

    • christicorbett says:


      I’m glad to hear you’ve got a file going! I had lots of tough days (weeks, months, etc…) where my file was the thing that kept me from throwing it all in the air and walking away for good.

      Thanks for visiting!


  4. stacyamreid says:

    Love this. great reading.


  1. […] Moriah Densley: Here I talk about the importance of a “You Don’t Suck” file. Though, thanks to one comment I’m considering changing the name of the file . […]

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