Wednesday, 7 December 2011

In Security!

(I wonder how long I can stretch out puns on the word insecurity?)

Well, it's that time of the month again, the first Wednesday of the month, when I lay bare my insecurities.

But, this month, I'm not sure I have any - in fact, as the title suggests, I'm pretty secure.

At the risk of repeating myself, my current level of security stems from signing the contract to have a novella published early next year. Someone likes my work! They like it so much they want to show it off to other people!

It helps that it's a story that I'm particularly fond of. Some things I write are good - more than good, very good (big LOL :-)) - but some grab me (like my favourite Thorntons chocolate), some make my spine tingle as I read the closing lines, some have characters that have truly come alive for me. When one of those stories is accepted, it's like receiving a fantastic school report for my kids, or watching them excel in their school play.

So everything's good.

But, of course, as a writer, I also think a lot. And in the back of my mind, I've been thinking what if they change their mind, what if the company folds? When I read the original email, one of the negative thoughts I immediately had was what if they made a mistake and think they're accepting a different story by a different author?

But, then, as a writer, I think... wouldn't that make an interesting story?

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations! That's wonderful news Annalisa. I'm very happy for you.

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  2. Thanks Marta, it's certainly a very exciting time - if, of course, it's really me they wanted to accept!!! :-)

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  3. i hopped over from Alex's blog because your blog title sounded intriguing. totally random, but i have a character named Annalisa in my fantasy novel.

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  4. I can't wait to read your story! Where can we find it? And yay for being secure. I hope that's catching on with the rest of us haha!

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  5. Nice to meet you Michelle - I'll hop over to yours in a minute (I've set aside the whole afternoon to do this, it's my monthly luxury!)

    Usually I have an adversion to people having my name in real life, but I love that it's a fantasy character's name!!

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  6. Hi S.L - it's being published in February... fingers-crossed. I'm awaiting the first edits to zip their way over the Atlantic.

    I haven't stayed secure for long - my hubby's made me insecure about my novel-in-progress; but that needs a post of it's very own!

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  7. Great last line. It's all grist for the mill. Congratulations (in case I didn't say that earlier) on your upcoming publication. That's fantastic.
    xoRobyn

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  8. I love this post! I love that you are feeling the joy of publication. I'm so happy for you. They have the right author and the right story. You are being published!

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  9. Sue - you won't be able to avoid it!

    Robyn - thanks. My life revolves around me thinking 'wouldn't that make a great story?' - sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

    Rebecca - thank you. I have to keep telling myself that :-)

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  10. I'm so glad that the happiness of publication made you feel so good, for a while at least! All you have to do now is learn to hang on to that feeling ... :-)

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  11. Wow, that's awesome. And thanks so much for your visit and comment on my blog today.
    Karen

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  12. Sarah - thanks, though remaining so bouyant is easier said than done!

    Karen - thanks, and you're welcome.

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  13. Congrats on your novella being published! Go you. :) And great to hear you're feeling secure. Pat yourself on the back. You deserve it.

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  14. Still so happy for you! I can't wait until it's published! I'll totally give you a five star review ;)

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  15. Hopped over from Alex's blog. Congratulations! You sound on the whole to have quite a positive outlook. It will take you far.

    Wishing you the best of the holiday season!

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  16. That is fantastic! And you're right, being "accidentally published" would make an awesome story. I see it as an underdog type story, with a subtle moral about how corporate America tries to dictate trends and pop culture!

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  17. Congrats on the novella! Can't wait til it comes out and we'll have a party for you. I think sometimes everything I write sucks out loud and that there must be something wrong that people seem to like it. Like maybe I'm not hearing them right because I've taken a very good happy pill or too much cold medicine.

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  18. Congrats on the publishing contract...Something really worth being positive about. Would be an interesting story too.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. :)

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  19. Maggie - thank you.

    J.A. - that's so kind of you :-)

    Jacqueline - I think I'm positive because I refuse to think it won't happen. My hubby has witnessed some very unpositive moments as well, though.

    Julie - ah, I can see how that would go too...

    Melissa - there will definitely be a party! Sometimes, we just have to believe people when they say these nice things.

    Rek - you're welcome. Thank you for the follow!

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