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Written or spoken words. Humor, inspiration, truth or fiction.

Another Story

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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!”

 

Espresso Book Machine (EBM)

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Some of my critique group members went on a trip to a large metropolitan library. We watched this machine brew a book and learned about self-publishing options.

It was like seeing the “back office” of the publishing world. A maze of doors and hallways that require safe navigation through wisdom and research.

Preparation pays off before you self publish and it also protects you, because every choice you make creates a bend, an accident, or moves you safely forward on your road of writing.

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