On being published

The first email was a surprise. I’d just got back from holiday and was still tucking into holiday reads. In fact I’d just read the words –

A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story
(The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

Seriously. I really had just read that.

After putting my book down, I finally got round to checking my email. There it was. The email.

‘We are pleased to tell you we would like to publish your story.’

Thank you Weekly News! I will be eternally grateful because it really is an amazing feeling to hear you’ve been published.

And that someone wants to give you money for it.

So forget the rejections (I try to anyway) and look forward to the acceptances.



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