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 twelve...so 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?"