Thursday, June 7, 2012

SHORT STORY SALES

I nearly fell of my chair today when I received an email accepting three short stories. It has been a while between sales for me, and I've never sold three stories in one hit before - the drought has been broken!
I feel rewarded, encouraged and motivated. Oh, what a feeling!

What have I learned from playing this waiting game? Be persistent, keep writing and be patient. Sometimes it does seem like I'm putting the effort in and not seeing a result, but in the end the fact remains the more stories I submit the more chance I have of making a sale OR perhaps it was Jeff Hargett weaving his magic when he left his comment on my post Writing Blues:

"I'm sending clouds of creativity over there to rain ideas down upon you. May their droplets of inspiration cling to you, their lightning electrify your prose and their breeze bring brilliance to the next sell you're about to write."

Thank you to all my writing friends who lift my spirits, who encourage and who inspire me.

Keep writing....

40 comments:

  1. That's fantastic, Diane - very well done! You're quite right - we just have to keep writing and sending out and wait for those acceptances. Celebrate!

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    1. Thank you so much Rosemary. I am so relieved to get some good writing news! Thank you too for all your encouraging words and support in the past. It is appreciated x

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  2. Congratulations, Diane. You obviously chose your market well. So, how do you balance time between writing, editing and selling / promoting? I'm always interested to see how other writers approach the conundrum!

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    1. Thanks Derek. To be honest if the muse strikes I write. When I'm not working on a story and waiting for inspiration I do the administration side of writing. :-)

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  3. Well done, Diane - three at once :-) Congratulations :-) x

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    1. Thanks heaps Teresa. I'm still on cloud 9! I'm so glad I kept writing, submitting and didn't give up. Was worth the wait. x

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  4. What wonderful news, Diane! Congratulations!

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  5. Congratulations, wonderful news.

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  6. Brilliant news for you Diane and well deserved.

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    1. Thank you so much Maggie. It is so nice to put the effort in and get something out of it. I'm still smiling. x

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  7. Diane, I am thrilled for you! It's a marvelous experience when the dam bursts, flooding the page with words that work. I never doubted you. ;-)

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    1. I appreciate that very much Jeff. Thank you. Your creative words inspired me. I feel positive and motivated now. I've already written out a list of writing 'to do's' for the day and eager to tackle it. :-)

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  8. Congrats, Diane. Enjoy the elation, cloud-walking sensation and remember this feeling and relive it when you get those inevitable rejections. But now you've done this one you can do it again.

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    1. That is great advice. Thank you Lynne x

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    1. Thank you Joanne. Happy and relieved to receive some much needed good news to motivate me x

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  10. Wow, Diane! Fantastic - many congrats!

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  11. Great news...and inspirational!

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  12. Brilliant, Diane - CONGRATULATIONS! x

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  13. Oh, wow! Three successes in one go. You must be feeling on top of the world.
    From someone who is still playing the waiting game, your news is an inspiration.
    So very well done, Diane

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    1. Hello Rena and welcome to my blog. Thank you for leaving a comment. Yes, on top of the world and over the moon! I guess if we play the waiting game long enough (and keep writing in the mean time) we have a win! :-)

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  14. Lovely words :o) Well done, Diane.

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  15. How exciting! Congratulations! I'm inspired, thank you. :)

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Karen! Wishing you a happy weekend too.

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  16. Three acceptances! that's wonderful...congrats!

    Angela

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  17. You hit the nail on the head, Diane. Persistence and patience are the key elments for being a writer. Plus a bit of talent of course. Congratulations.

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  18. That is such brilliant advice, Diane. Persistence and patience (and - yes - I agree - you definitely need talent!). I'm going to try and remember that.

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    1. Thank you very much for those kind words Biddy. I appreciate that you stopped by and left a comment :-)

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  19. Diane, Sorry I'm late to the party...congratulations! Wow, three stories accepted. Brilliant news.

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    1. Hello Maria - ahhh never too late to the party! Thank you x

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