Recently, I had a really, really nice email. I’d been writing on various stories and my WIP. When I checked the email, I found one from -- I blinked multiple times -- a publisher I'd submitted to a month prior.
I've sold several short fiction pieces in the past year and a half. Yet, with each new submission, I always feel selling again is a crap shoot.
I opened the email. A contract!
Naturally I screamed, scaring the cat and my son. My heart rate increased and I’m positive I lost a bit of sanity and reality. Eventually, I calmed down enough to explain to my boy what had taken place. He gave me the biggest hug ever.
Even though my project is an itty bitty one, I sold. Yipee! I celebrated. I did the happy dance, ate chocolate, and told friends.
The feeling of “I DID IT” is awesome. I can only imagine the feeling is a bazillion times more than mine when someone gets a three book deal. Right now, I want more. I want to see the other six pieces I’ve written published. I want to see my three manuscripts published. Heck, I want to see everything I’ve written published.
Yep. But who cares? For at that moment, euphoria is highly addictive.
My greatest hope is that each and every one of us sells something. Maybe that sounds Pollyannaish, however, I believe really hard work pays off. So write. Whether it’s big or small, and sell something so that magical feeling can encompass you to your soul.
Get to work. You can’t sell unless it’s on paper.
So how do you feel when you get good news? Share with me!
Vicki Batman, a PP girl, is happy to announce the sale of "Twinkle Lights," a 2011 holiday story. For more information, visit: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/