Here is his record for failure. From the time John Toland started writing for publication he produced six novels. None was published. He wrote twenty-five completed plays. None was produced. He wrote more than one hundred short stories before one was published. John Toland was forty-two years old before his first book was published. It was not until after twenty years of diligent writing and rewriting that he stumbled upon, or had thrust upon him, the one discovery that enabled him to become a success as an author of books.