Monday, 23 April 2012
T is for Tasting the Grass by Annalisa Rowe
here last year - feel free to read and comment, either here or there) was published by New Fiction magazine in October 1994, back when there were a proliferation of small press magazines to submit to.
It was my first published story, and - as you can see - I still have the magazine.
I started writing for submission - as opposed to just writing - in 1993 when I left school and was unemployed. I wrote loads that year, and the next, and finally I was accepted. I had another acceptance the following month... and then nothing. Every couple of years, I'd maybe have one or two stories accepted or win a prize - if you check this link to my CV page, you'll see my stop-start career. My big break never came.
Helen Dunmore and Sally Zigmond.
But I'm happy. In that time - has it really been 18 years! - I've got married, had two children, worked and re-trained. Each time I've truly thought about giving up, I've had success with a submission, and of course carried on. Because, really, I never want to give up writing.
And then, last year, my biggest success so far came with the acceptance of Cat and the Dreamer.
So, in a roundabout way, this post isn't about me at all - it's about saying don't give up! If you truly want to write, then write and see where it takes you - it's taken me 18 years to get to this point. If you want to make lots of money, perhaps you should try a different career.
And as Joanne Trollope famously said about her own career: "It's taken me 20 years to become an overnight success."