Friday, January 28, 2011

Celebrating Success!

For most of us, writing for publication is a sloooooow process. It takes time to write and edit the novel. Time to write and revise and revise and revise the query. Time to send the query out. Time to get back responses. Time to re-evaluate, rewrite, and submit some more.

Along the way, we need to be good to ourselves. Like happy lab rats, we need rewards to keep us motivated. And because we're social beasts and care about our own, we get satisfaction in others' success, too. (Except for maybe those people who get 7-figure deals -- then the satisfaction needle moves dangerously into jealousy territory.)

So every few weeks, I would like to post out YOUR successes. Did you finally start querying? Did you get a request for a partial? For a full? Did you get a revision letter? An agent? A contract? Did your new book get released?

We're all on this journey -- some of us have been on it quite some time with multiple projects. Some of us are just starting out. We may all be at different points, but regardless of where YOU are, each milestone you pass is an important one.

If you'd like to add your recent sucess(es) to those we're celebrating today, note it in the comments and I'll update the list as we go.

Here's to each of you!
  • Michelle received THREE requests for HEARTSOULS. One of those requests led to a revision letter. (She also posed a question we'll talk about over the weekend.)
  • Chelsea received a request for a partial and for a FULL for THE S-WORD.
  • Anonymous 1 says she cried when she received her first request for a FULL based on the query we helped her with here.
  • Anonymous 2 says she's gotten two requests for partials with her new query when she wasn't getting any bites before.
  • Anonymous 3 got his first-ever partial request just two days ago.


Lauren K said...

Congratulations to all of you! This was really fun and motivating to read. I'll keep my fingers crossed that those requests for fulls and partials turn into offers for all of you.
Hopefully I'll be ready to start working on a query letter within the next few weeks.

lexcade said...

What wonderful news! Congrats to everyone!

Orlando said...

Congratulations to you all. Hope some day I'll be able to join your ranks. I will have a drink for each one of you. Whoohoo!!!!!

vkw said...

This was encouraging to read. I'm heading to the post office today.

thanks for the inspiration and congratulations to each of you

Matt said...

For those without success stories:

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do." -Confucius

Good job, Michelle, Chelsea and Anons! In the cases of Chelsea and Michelle, I've seen a lot of improvement in your writing since you've been here and at Evil Editor. I imagine I could say the same about the Anons as well.

Let us know when you hit your next milestone.

chelsea said...

Yayyyy congrats everyone :)

Slush said...

Congrats all you hard workers! I wish you the best in getting signed!

Wilkins MacQueen said...

So very happy to hear this grand news. Heartiest, wonderful and shazaaam!

Hart Johnson said...

Congrats to all of you making such fabulous progress! I wish everybody the best! This is a nice way to share and celebrate.

Sylvia said...

Wow, that's awesome!