October 4, 2007 at 5:58 pm 4 comments

“All writers are crazy. So never mind what the editors and your
family and your critique group tells you. Submit your
manuscripts and keep submitting until you get an offer.
Then you can be crazy, with a paycheck.”

– MaryJanice Davidson

Fitting I think. Well, I had so much fun last week with the top ten let’s see if I can do it again successfully. Here are the top ten signs you’ve just been offered a publishing contract:

1. For some strange reason you look over your shoulder to see if the editor is talking to somebody else, because really it can’t be you.

2. You realize the editor is talking to you.

3. You try to act professional though every part of you is wanting to dance around the house.

4. You realize the editor can’t see so you dance around the house.

5. If you take another deep breath it’ll constitute hyperventilating.

6. You get something in your eye. No, it’s not really tears. It’s lint,or a wayward eyelash, not tears, I swear.

7. You call your Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Neighbors, Critique Partner, AT&T, PG& E, your Ex-boyfriend (as a parting quip you say, “Size does matter.”,) you stop when you search in your address book for that one Critique Partner who ripped your writing to shreds.

8. You find yourself in a liquor store buying champagne. You don’t even drink champagne.

9. Your kid turns to you and ask if she can be on T.V. because “now we’ll be rich and famous.”

10. You pass out from the sheer excitement or from number 5.


Entry filed under: top ten signs.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Robyn Grady  |  October 5, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Wooohooo! That is fabulous news!! Congratulations. How exciting! And seeing I do drink champagne, I’ll raise a glass to you and your new career tonight.


  • 2. Mel  |  October 5, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Thank you, Robyn. It feels strange to call it a career. I never treated my writing like a hobby, but many people who don’t see the end result (being published) see it as such. They think the moment you write THE END your book magically appears on the shelf.

    So, yes, definitely a career.

  • 3. Kate Diamond  |  October 7, 2007 at 4:43 am

    Holy Goodness, congratulations!

    I wanted to post here, because you already have 38 comments on your other post.

    When can we buy your book? Wee! Doing a little dancing of my own on your behalf. šŸ™‚

  • 4. Mel  |  October 7, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Kate-Thank you. I don’t have any of those details yet, but I should soon.

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