Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I Got Paid!

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I have some exciting news to share. You know the kind where you jump up and down wildly, screaming so loud people in Russia can hear you. I would love to leave in you suspense with a round of the guessing game but I can't hold it in any longer. I’m officially a paid author!!!

Ok so $7.12 isn’t exactly the kind of cash you want to throw on the bed and roll around in. I guess I'll have to save up for that moment but it’s something. I held the check in my hand and it hit me. My short story and poem were published and I got paid for it. It feels really nice or rather FREAKIN' AWESOME!!

All you non-writer people have to realize I've been writing since the fourth grade, learning and building up to this moment. This is a HUGE thing. Like Britney Spears getting sober huge.

I submitted a short story to Pseudopod last month, another paying market. Finger’s crossed lightning strikes twice in one month.


icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

Hey, nice work! Congratulations.

I've been trying to find a home (not even one that comes with a paycheck) for the feminist poetry I write for YEARS! I feel great about my writing and have gotten very positive feedback from workshops and professors. I've even had some very flattering and kind rejections letters. But I have yet to be a published author. I read somewhere that it takes a published poet and average of 10 years of rejections to see their writing in print.

You must be very talented.

cube said...

Congratulations! That is $7.12 more than I've ever earned through writing.

Keep up the good work.

Andrea Allison said...

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo - Thank you! Keep working hard and I'm sure you'll get published. I'm not sure where you read about the 10 years thing, but I've only had one poem ever published. Never had a problem finding it a home. So, I don't know.

cube - Thank you!