Receiving an acceptance email for publication

27 09 2013

I don’t know if other people do this as well, but when I get emails back from publications I’ve submitted my work to, I look for words like “sorry” and “apologize” so that I don’t have to read how they’ve rejected me.

Cue today: I got an email back from a publication I sent a memoir piece a few months ago, and I was sure they had said no, mostly because I haven’t gotten anything big accepted (apart from Cinema Love and Astronaut), and certainly nothing accepted in a literary magazine. Imagine my surprise when I didn’t see any apologetic words and instead read through the email slowly.

“Oh my god,” I said to myself when I read that their “editorial board loved the piece”. Wow. I can’t describe how much of a self-esteem boost that was to read that, to know that my work isn’t just wanted by other gay folks and gay publications (although technically I haven’t been published in a gay publication yet) but that different kinds of people want to read it. That feeling of being able to tell those who have thought and have told me that I won’t be able to make it in my creative endeavours — I have something I can prove them wrong with. And that is a damn good feeling.

 


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28 09 2013
Dirtus

Im so happy for you 🙂

28 09 2013
weirdduck88

Thanks, Dirtus. 🙂

28 09 2013
Dirtus

eeeeee! you were up too late!

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