It’s funny how an AFPA amazes me, (Acceptance For Publication Agreement) when that’s what I work toward. I signed one a few days ago. Ta dah!
The opposite is also true. A Rejection Email is a milestone which amazes me.
We all need feedback. Any form of feedback.
Pure excitement burst inside me when I received my first rejection. I told my critique group and wished I’d thought to have my iPhone camera ready. Their expressions ranged from stunned, confused, and comical. The confused member asked, “Why are you happy about that?”
“For me, it means I’m alive, working, and achieving…something. I’m doing the task of writing plus submitting articles and stories–not stashing them. You all told me that the industry changed and doesn’t send rejection letters on a regular basis. So, writers are often robbed of feedback. I sent the wrong story to the wrong publisher. I need to know.”
Here’s my cheer for the next form of feedback, “Yayeeeee!”
SCBWI is a friendly and supportive group of people, (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). #ArtofSCBWICA and scbwi_ca_northcentral.
I am a member of a regional chapter which is having me as the featured artist for December. They accepted four illustrations. One will post each Thursday to their Instagram and Twitter pages. I appreciate the advertising, one of many kudos for being a member.
Twitter @BErinwriter and ebwriter on Instagram.
This illustration in black watercolor and ink pen is in Little Known Tales in California History, written by Alton Pryor. The other illustrations from that book are here on my website under PDF Art Portfolio.
#Inspirewriting I am joyous that another one of my short stories is published! #amwriting the next story. My brain holds an entire unpublished library.
“My Creative Journey”
Inspire Writers is a community which provides an opportunity for publication of stories–a way for publication.
My decision to join Inspire changed my life. Inspire gives writers support, an option for critique groups, and periodic workshops. The tremendous benefits from Inspire Writers are Belonging and friendship.
Little Known Tales In California History by Alton Pryor, First Edition. Illustrations by me, aka Erin Fulkerson.
I enjoyed creating these in black and white pen with paint. My favorite illustrations are on pages 47-Rattlesnake Dick, page 62-A Strange Way to Meaure Land, and page 166-Gaspar de Portola.
Click HERE for a PDF of the book illustrations.
Little Known Tales in California History enjoyed several printings. Click HERE to see the current edition on Amazon.
I heard rumors that this little book became a popular read for students in some local schools. Who can resist interesting short stories with these titles–Pegleg Smith’s Lost Goldmine, The Camel Experiment, or The Medicine Men?
My favorite stories are–Cotton, Silkworms, and Oranges, what people did when they failed at gold mining. The Whipping Boys, with a surprise about stagecoach driver, Charlie Parkhurst. Finally, The Lost Spanish Galleon, the treasure ship buried under the silt of the Salton Sea.
The excited and exuberant chatter of the various authors added to the atmosphere of celebration for our family, friends, and the public who visited Origins Coffee and Tea.
We authors enjoyed introductions with those we did not know and the connection of a face to a name in the 2015 Inspire Forgiveness Book.
Time to say good bye to 2015 and hello to a fabulous new year!
Please see this link for the 2015 Inspire Forgiveness book launch on 12/12/15. This is an anthology with several authors. My story is Meghan O’Meara’s Bowl.
Forgiveness is a very difficult issue for most of us. It often takes a progression of choices and steps before we can live it.
It is my hope that all who read these stories will find their way to personal freedom from the past that is a gift of forgiveness.