Sunday, 8 August 2010

HAT TRICK!


So, after a spell of ‘why do I write, again?’ with much crying on my extremely lovely writer friends’ shoulders. Oh, and causing my hubby to get that glazed look which means, ‘I’m pretending to listen, but the grass growing outside is more interesting.’ SUDDENLY, like buses on the number 47* route, three came along at once. YES. SALES. My Weekly bought three of my stories all on the same day. All on the same email. All at the same time. I’m so very thrilled, and a trifle gobsmacked, quite frankly.

So thanks everyone for supporting, and listening to me whinge. I’m living proof that a scary amount of rejections in one week can be followed by great news. So it looks like we just have to keep on going then. You know, if we want to get where we want to be – even if we do stumble and fall from time to time...YES? Well I'm up for giving it a go...

*The number 47 route is being used for example purposes only. No buses were harmed in the writing of this blog post.

29 comments:

Boonsong said...

I'm delighted to see that you, your keen wit, and your charm are gracing the blogosphere once again. Welcome back!

Re The Photo: Is this a cloaked message to indicate that doubles and trebles are on the agenda?

Keep smiling, Boonsong

DJ Kirkby said...

I absolutely can't understand why you don't realise what a wonderful talent you have! I hope that email nudged you towards self belief a bit more.

TOM FOOLERY said...

Aaaahh, for one must remember when thy mind and hand works in unison ultimately the boomerang will come bouncing back ready and willing to be caught ;-)

Well done Ms Allsorts :) TFxx

Debs said...

Congratulations. Now that really is an email worth receiving. Well deserved.x

Karen said...

Such fantastic news, and a great incentive to just keep on keeping on :o))

Love the image, very apt!

Ellie said...

That is amazing news. Three sales to My weekly! Well done.

p.s. I'm glad no buses were harmed or I might have had to report to the NSPB (the National Society for the Protection of Buses).

Old Kitty said...

Yay!!!! Yay!!! *Clapping* Oh well done you!! You must tell me when your fab stories will appear - you must! :-)

Well done you!!! I'm so happy and so pleased for you! Yay!!!!!

Take care
x

Colette McCormick said...

That's the sort of email that I would like to receive.
Well done.
x

Caroline said...

Yay - what fantastic news. Go you! Caroline x

HelenMHunt said...

Yey! That's so brilliant. I am very happy for you x

Amanda said...

Awh, thank you, Boonsong. And, yes the photo could indeed be a cloaked message. ;-))

Thanks DJ, that’s very kind. And yes, the email did nudge me in the right direction. I just hope I can keep looking towards the goal now!

What a wise woman you are, TF :-) xx

Thank you, Debs – it was a lovely email – especially as I thought it was yet another rejection!

Thanks, Karen, and just at the right moment too! :-)

You so make me laugh, Ellie. :-) Thanks for the good wishes!

Ha ha, Old Kitty – I must admit I did a little dance myself on Friday! X

Thank you, Colette. Here’s hoping you get one very, very soon!! X

Caroline, thank you. I’m almost back down to earth now :-) X

That’s very kind, thank you, Helen x

Captain Black said...

Result!

Flowerpot said...

Well done Mandy - hooray. I had a very similar experience earlier this month - dead silence apartr from endless rejections, then three commissions all in the same day! I suppose the trick is to remember ths next time it happens!

Carol said...

Absolutely bloomin marvelous! Of course we all knew that it was only a matter of time...

Congratulations hon, hope you celebrated in style :-)

C x

Amanda said...

:-)) Captain Black

Thanks FP, And congratulations on your commissions, that's brilliant!

Amanda said...

Aw, thank you, Carol. :-) x

Madeleine said...

I found your blog through the Writer's Forum article. I love your style and I can totally relate to what you say. I'm so impressed and I recognise the glazed expression you mention that my husband also has when I talk about my writing.
CONGRATULATIONS on your successes!
You’ve inspired me to create my own blog (http://scribbleandedit.blogspot.com/2010/08/in-beginning.html) though I can’t understand how to create more pages than just the home page! Early days I guess.
All the Best
Madeleine

Amanda said...

Welcome to blogland, Madeleine - I hope you like it. And thank you for the good wishes. :-)

Suzanne Jones said...

Fantastic news - and well deserved.

XX

penandpaints said...

Three in one e mail? That's amazing! Well done! You must be feeling pretty great!

Amanda said...

Thanks Suzanne xx

Thank you, P & P - I was pretty shocked and still have to keep checking the email, making sure I didn't read it wrong! :-)

Madeleine said...

Hi Amanda
I was just thinking your next buzz will be when you can see the magazines on the newsagent shelves and can hold your printed stories in your hands. Thrilling!
let us know when they appear won't you?

Amanda said...

That's right, Madeleine. I remember my first sale to My Weekly (first sale ever!) took five months to appear. I was in Sainsbury's when I saw it - I almost danced about the shop. And then bought five copies! I'm still not sure why. :-))

Madeleine said...

Five months! Goodness you must've laughed at my yesterday's post then. I'd be in a straight jacket for sure! We do have to have lots of patience as freelancers don't we!
I laughed at the buying 5 copies thing! I wrote an article for a fellow cloth figure artist and her hubby bought all the magazines on WHS shelves to send to their family in India, so you are in good company. She was so embarrassed.

Debs said...

Oh, yes, so we are. Blog twins.x

Bluestocking Mum said...

You see...everyone kept telling you.

That is just brilliant news - well done you! And so well deserved.

x

Amanda said...

Yes, it's a game of patience, Madeleine - trouble is I haven't got a lot either. The best thing, I find, is to get lots of things out there, then you're not focusing on one thing. :-)

Great minds, Debs x

Thanks Bluestoking Mum - that's very kind. x

Tom Foolery said...

Ms Allsorts, just checking to make sure you haven't got buried under a mountain of words ;-) TFx

Amanda said...

'Ello TF, I'm still here. Thanks for checking :-) I'm such a terrible blogger just lately. Hope you are taking lots of lovely photos and you are well! x