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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.

I’m a great believer in celebrating each and every writing milestone. Even the smaller stepping stones.

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.


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14 thoughts on “Every Writing Milestone Needs Celebrating

  1. Yay! Postage is so expensive out of Australia, isn’t it? Makes one only want to enter email contests. Good luck for the next selection round… and more bubbly!

  2. Ann Dawson on said:


    I’m very excited for you. I’ll keep my fingers crossed even if you really don’t need it.

  3. Good for you for entering Chris and celebrating what you’ve achieved so far. Ouch! expensive though. Let’s hope it’s worth it.

    • Thanks, Dale. I hope it’s worth too, but consider it a business expense really. Got to spend money to make money, or, be in it to win. And the winner will receive a not too shabby monetary prize.

      🙂 Chris

  4. Yay for wonderful news, Chris. Cheering you on here, too. xx

  5. Congratulations, Chris. Wonderful news!
    I agree with you. I think it’s important to celebrate every milestone. Life isn’t always easy. Okay, life is rarely easy. So we need to reward ourselves for our achievements.
    My fingers and toes are crossed for you. I look forward to hearing more wonderful news with this manuscript.
    Love and Light,
    Robyn 🙂

  6. Hi Chris, yes we do need to celebrate every little milestone…there are such a lot of mountains to climb over along the way. Wishing you luck.

  7. Second try at replying to this. Absolutely have a glass of champagne . . . Now!

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