I got a little letter last night, from Dr. Stanley Schmidt at ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION & FACT.
Dr. Schmidt says he wants to buy my novelette, “Outbound,” which was my Q1 Finalist from Writers of the Future.
He says the contract is coming, and that the original paper manuscript is already in the copyedit process.
This, almost two months exactly after Joni let the world know that I was a winner for Q3 of Writers of the Future.
What can I say? All the years of rejections, low morale, feeling like I wasn’t getting anywhere, and now I’ve had two huge successes two months apart.
Speachless is not the word for it. Though I think I can confirm what has been said by better and older writers before me: persistence is 90% of this business. That, and busting your ass.