And it's not actually 20 years, but because I started querying in 1993 and the first two pieces I submitted were published in 1995, the mid-point is 1994, which would be 20 years.
I hadn't looked at my records in a long time, but I was pleasantly surprised to re-read them. The letters I got from the Indiana DNR were so flattering, I really should frame them.
This was the acceptance letter:
|"...the quality was exceptional!" - I should read this line every time I get a rejection|
|"...you're one of the best writers to approach us lately." - so good for the ego|
|one never gets tired of bylines|
It wasn't until the past 5 years that things started happening and chugging along again. For that I have to thank The Minnows Literary Group (and Michaela Rossner from Gotham Writers Workshop), my in-person SCBWI group (we need a name, people), and the Penguin Posse - my online critique group (and the 12x12 Challenge), and, my agent, Ella Kennen.
It's enough to make one sing!
Has your career, or a change in life direction, started out promisingly and then took a turn for worse before becoming better?
(I used the PS Express blotter function to blot out the addresses, which is why some parts of the letters look funny.)
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams