Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Benefits Of Hanging In There!

You know that poster you see blue-tacked to the wall of someones home office, the one with a cute little kitty hanging from the branch of a tree and the words sprawled across the top- HANG IN THERE!
Well, I have to say that those words ring true to me right now.
I have hung in there even when I had moments when I thought I was just dreaming and it has paid out.....

I have been offered a contract from Eternal Press!

Yay. This is where the streamers come flying and the confetti bombs go off.
I was going to wait until the contract was actually signed but I decided I couldn't hold it in any longer. It has been a full three days of adrenaline and filling out the important forms that they have requested and I thought I needed to share the good news with you, okay maybe a little bragging, but I deserve to brag for a moment don't I?

Thank you to everyone who has believed in me.

Anyway, I have so much to do.
I'll fill you in with the progress, by for now.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

The excitement Of A Finished WIP

I just finished my latest WIP- so I guess I can now call it a manuscript, or maybe that's a little premature since I have endless amount of editing to do, but the way I feel right now, it won't take me very long; I hope.
I am so excited and who wouldn't be?
whether it be an ms of 12000 words or one of 120 000 words, the pride and excitement is still the same and just as worthy.
To all you writers out there, Good luck and Congratulations on your journey.

Happy Writing

Friday, July 2, 2010


So this blog is in tribute to all those writers who have the courage to submit their work with hope in their hearts that this time you will get the blessed contract, all the while trying to swat away the fear of rejection like it was annoying fly.
Then weeks, and in most cases, months go by and you find an envelope that looks unlike any letter you normally receive; there is no Telstra logo in the upper corner, there's no beautiful penmanship scrawled across from your nan and your heart begins to flutter almost like the time you saw your love walking toward you on the street after you been apart from him/her for days.
You take your letter inside and fight the urge to rip it apart in fear that you wont like what you will find, that someone thinks your writing unfortunately is not right for them.
You take it inside and sit down and take a large steadying breath and pry open the pressing envelope.
Inside you find the standard letter head (and forgive me if you are submitting by email, the process of opening an email is quite the same, i assure you) and it begins with a compliment and then......

Well, this next bit differs for all. But the point I am trying to make is that we take it as gracefully as possible and certainly don't then write or email to the editor whose job it is to sort through the thousands of submissions every day and tell them they are morons.
Last week, it had came to my attention that one such man, if we wish to compliment him with this title had done such a thing.
How dare he!
I have received two email rejection for various of manuscripts as well as letters and took there advice; after all, who would know more than someone who does this every day.,
Now I'm not in anyway saying that just because one editor doesn't like your work that you should chuck it all in. Of course not. What I am saying is that you take the rejection with GRACE.

I am currently holding my hopes high with an ms I have sent to Eternal Press for submission, and I can hear some of you say that I shouldn't announce it when you could get rejected, but you know what? I am proud I am putting myself out there and I will certainly take the r..r..rejection (touch wood) with as much grace as I can muster and I will submit again.

Let us rejoice in our journey and have faith that one day we will find the right editor for us and share when we feel disappointed, it is nothing to be ashamed of and we all go through it and when we do, unlike the un-namable man previously mentioned, we will do it with professionalism and move on.

I'll let you all know my progress and wish all my fellow writer good luck and congratulations on striving for the dream!

Happy Writing