Monday, May 25, 2015

Four out of five's not bad

Spring blahs derailed me, snatched my pen, usurped my desire to write. I was so busy with school stuff in May, I seldom turned on the computer to write, check emails, peruse Facebook, read and reply to blogs. I did it all from my Iphone. But now, I'm baccccck and raring to go. I have 19 school days left. Then I will be writing more.

Four acceptances in five months is actually okay by me. I write this not to boast, but to assure you that good things come to those who wait. I submitted two of those stories in January.

Nice to receive an email stating, "Bethany House has approved your story, The Final Goodbye, for inclusion in our (Christian themed) anthology Supernatural Stories 2."

 I submitted it and forgot about it. That's really what you have to do when you freelance—forget about it—or you will worry yourself silly wondering if, and why or why not. 

Sasee Magazine will publish my humorous essay, When My Bosom Hit the Big Time in the June edition. The editor wrote to tell me, "Your story made my publisher laugh out loud." That remark made me giddy.

On The Tip of My Tongue is a humorous personal essay about memory loss. As I was about to introduce two people at an event, I forgot their names; one was my husband. The editor said, "Head's up, the publisher loved your story; they (not I) will make final determination as to what will be included in my anthology. But it looks like a yes."
Discouragement and negative self speak are a freelance writer's kiss of death. Don't pucker up! 

10 comments:

Sioux said...

Linda--
Congratulations--especially when it comes to the Sasee story (and you know why ;)

Karen Lange said...

No puckering here! Thanks for the encouragement. Congratulations on your success! :)

Bookie said...

Good for you! What a way to start a summer! I am anxious to read these!

BECKY said...

Congrats, Linda! You are my hero!!

noexcuses said...

Congrats on your acceptances! I love how you always remind us to be patient. I have been submitting, and forgetting...I think that helps me a lot! Looking forward to reading more of you in the coming months!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Congratulations on your continued success! And you know what? That insight about not puckering up isn't just for freelancers, but for anyone putting their creative babies of any kind out for review. It's a darn scary business if we let it be. Trying not to pucker!

Tammy said...

Good advice. I catch myself flirting with that bad boy all too much. Congratulations on all of your acceptances!

Val said...

Kudos to you for that productivity!

Janet, said...

No, that's not bad at all. The blahs hit us all sometimes, but you are a very prolific and humorous writer and set a good example for us all to follow.

Daisy said...

That's wonderful, Linda! Congratulations!