Did you see? I got interviewed!
It was a lot of fun, and Anne is a wonderful person. You really should check out her blog; I learn a lot from her write-ups about World War Two and a bunch of cultural stuff that happened around it.
But here’s the funny thing: I’m being interviewed like I have any idea what I’m doing.
I’m excited about that! It is so cool to hold something with your name on it. A second book that my name will appear in will be released in June. Which means I get to start an ego shelf! That’s right. An entire shelf dedicated to li’l ol’ me.
But, again, I’m so new at this publication game. I am learning, and I’m grateful for that. I’m now submitting stories to markets that will actually pay, and more than the minimal rates. I have the confidence to do that now! I’m starting to learn the right questions to ask.
But man, I must have bothered my editor Lyn Worthen so much with my various questions.
“I can’t find it on the contract – how long did I give you exclusive rights for?”
“The book isn’t released yet. Do I have permission to read the story I wrote to my son’s class?”
“Lyn, do you know where I put my reading glasses?”
OK, that last one I didn’t ask her, but I would have if I wore reading glasses, I’m sure.
To her great credit, Lyn has always been patient and answered with exactly the information I wanted. She has been stunning, and I would gladly work with her again any day of the week. (I have no idea if she would say as much for me – I hope so!)
But me even having to ask those relatively simple questions shows that I’m new at this. I am grateful that I’ve landed with an editor that has shown I can trust her.
But… who knows? Maybe I’ll get some more publication credits under my belt soon, and I’ll learn more and be an old hand in a year’s time. (Writing ages a person! Maybe by this time next year I’ll have put on ten years! Oh, maybe that wouldn’t be a good idea…)
Then again, a story I thought was a guaranteed purchase was just returned to me…
Ah, well. I’ll keep plugging away. (Something else I’ve learned!) And as I learn more… I’ll plan to share it here, too!