Every Writing Milestone Needs Celebrating
A lovely shot of encouragement for me this week with one of my novel manuscripts being long-listed in a major UK children’s writing competition.
They give me, firstly, delight that a forward shift is happening and a great excuse to break out the bubbly. Plus they encourage me that publication of this novel might not be too far away. Secondly, competition awards and short/long-listings add to the CV and help build my writing credits, hopefully enhancing future submissions to agents and/or publishers. Thirdly, such milestones give me something to blog about.
I was glad I stuck to domestic bubbly when I found out the $43 Aust post charge to send the full manuscript to the UK. I wouldn’t want to do that every day, but it will be worth every cent if the manuscript is short-listed.
No matter whether it goes forward to a short-listing, I’m thrilled for the validation of this one, that is close to my heart, and I passionately believe is a great story.
Meanwhile, my fingers, toes, eye brows and everything are crossed for the next stage. Roll on December.