The Caddo Herald
January 11. 1929
Rogers Sells a Story
His many friends here will be glad to learn that success is now crowning the efforts of Roy W. Rogers, who began the business with The Herald seven years ago in the literary field. He sold one of his stories to an eastern magazine for 1c a word- a good price, and the story must have had lots of merit, else there would have been no market for the story.
What Roy has done any other boy or girl can do if they will pay the price.
But there’s the rub!
Too few are willing to pay the price of success.
While other boys his age were idling, smoking cigarettes and burning gasoline, Roy worked to make a living daytime and burned midnight oil nights trying to fill his head with ideas. There’s the difference.
That’s the difference between excellence and mediocrity.
Roy’s companions might wish for success, but mere wishes do not accomplish achievement. In this Roy put feet to his wishes, and success in time crowned his arduous efforts.
Roy did not sell his first story, nor his second, nor his hundredth. He got enough rejection slips to paper a house, but never wavered in his determination. Of course he had discouragements; they only served to make him try more.
Roy is not yet out of the woods, but he is on the right road.
Roy had handicaps more onerous than most young fellows, but he had grit vouchsafed to few. There are five other young men now making good in the business world who got their first training in The Herald office. There are others fallen by the wayside.
It was those who stuck to it who succeeded.
Success is not accidental.