A little bit about me

My RWA First Step Award - nice way to celebrate a rejection letter


I’m an empty-nester working full time who has always wanted to write but never felt she could until one day I ran into a fellow from Edmonton who had achieved some pretty spectacular successes in his chosen field. I thought – well if he can so can I. Since then I’ve finished three full novels which proved conclusively that I could indeed write if I chose to. I suspect that these novels are unpublishable – at least the first two for sure. But they have been great learning experiences and I will keep working away at it.

After all in ten years I may just be the next big thing if I work at it hard enough. And if I don’t work at, I know for sure that all I’ll be is ten years older. So with nothing to lose, I will keep at it.


4 Responses to A little bit about me

  1. Your picture made me smile! 🙂

    good job

  2. Cat Jamieson says:

    Rejection letters.

    It’s just another way of saying publishers still don’t get what their readers really want. And so typical of any publisher. They still want to go with tried & true formulas and authors. Remember when Douglas Copeland finally got published? His style, format, subject & humour was so traditionally off the average reader’s list that any major publishing house would have to be insane to sign him. But … somebody did and ka-ching, ka-ching … off they went to deposit the huge profit sales cheques and make them a publishing house to be reckoned with. Someone in the editorial department picked up on his style and figured it was worth the gamble to take a chance. Good gamble. Take heart. There a lot of other publishing houses out there willing to gamble on a speculative cause. It’s a matter of timing, as always.

    Apparently this is a fact. The more rejection letters you get makes you a bigger force to be reckoned with once you do get publish. It helps to put all the other publishing houses to shame for having rejected you when a lessor-known house takes you on and earns major kudos in the popularity department. But then, that’s something you already are aware of.

  3. Carly Carson says:

    It is the first step. As long as you learn from your mistakes, every rejection is a step forward on the journey. Of course, one seldom knows what the mistake was… but that’s a whole ‘nother point. Good luck!

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