Friday, May 20, 2011
My First Acceptance Letter!
It was concerning a story I had written for inclusion in a sci-fi anthology.
I remember hesitating before opening it up. Steeling myself up for the BIG, FAT LET-DOWN I did finally open it.
The gist was something like: your story seems suitable for inclusion...
okay?! I read it as:
Dear Soon-To-Be Famous Writer,
Thank you! THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are thrilled, delighted and ecstatic to publish your absolutely brilliant, evocative, cutting-edge science fiction story you submitted to us.
Never in the history of publishing have we received such a well-written, highly original brilliant little story.
If it is alright with you we are going to contact the leading graphic designers to illustrate your gem. Naturally we will be submitting their work to you first. Of course we will.
One more thing, the publisher, has instructed me to offer you a six figure advance for any novel you decide to submit to us. Having seen your story, we can safely assume your novel will be absolutely brilliant.
The other 10 stories in the anthology are like baby poo poo next to yours! Words fail, truly.
Just accept our sincere thanks for deeming us worthy of publishing your story.
Again, many thanks...
I felt as if they wrote that. I felt as if I could conquor the world with my fiction!
Remember that scene where Boris the computer hacker cries out in Golden Eye:
'I AM INVINCIBLE?'
I felt I was!
You know what? I'm glad because i have the rest of my writing life to come back down to earth, because writing's damned difficult so a little day dreaming and happy fantasy can't be a bad thing!
Life's tough, getting published isn't easy. So when the first affirmative letter comes through, GO A LITTLE NUTS! ENJOY YOURSELF!