Sunday, July 19, 2009

Reality Check

Last night after the GH/Rita Ceremony I was in the elevator at the hotel with a young woman who noticed my "First Sale" ribbon. After congratulating me she asked me how long it took me to make the sale. I told her about 18 months from the time I wrote the novella and submitted it to two publishers with the last one buying it.

"No-no," she said. "How long since you started your writing career."

"Well, I got my first rejection when I was fifty years," I answered, thinking Fifty Years!

As she hurried away, she said, "Good. That means I've got time."

I just stood there thinking, "And for me that means...what?"

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