Step Three: Acknowledgement

I got my postcard back from the agents. ^_^ I must admit, I shouldn’t be too surprised that it did, since I made it as easy as I possibly could. I addressed it, stamped it and what not, but it was such a pleasant surprise to come through the door into the kitchen and find it among the post. I saw the massive Maltesers and thought ‘ooooh, that’s me!’

It was when I flipped it over that I had the best surprise. Rather than just whipping it back into the post, the agency editor has actually written a little something on it. She expressed thanks for the submission and that they would be in context again in six weeks, and then a little joke about the quote I included about chocolate.

It may be a small thing, but I really feel encouraged by that. It serves not only to remind them that I’m just a person at the other end of the book, but it reminds me that they are too! What woman after all, anywhere in the world, doesn’t have a special relationship with chocolate? I used this particular card on a whim, but I like that I was able to find a quote that matched it.

I bought a whole load more cards as well for the same sort of thing and I’m encouraged enough by this response that I’ll keep doing it. The other cards are supposed to be a reflection of my personality and sense of humour which, coupled with the quote I choose, will give an insight to me that I’m not able to include in my cover letter or literary CV. The new ones are a couple of prints either claimed or accredited to Banksy and some other just funny ones that made me giggle the second I saw them on the rack. That’s how I picked them, by the way; pictures that I knew I liked already (Banksy) or things that leapt out at me when I saw them. I figure those are the best way to show what I like and what I appreciate. Though one of them is a tad childish, hehee. I might send that one to a friend instead.

I need to get myself a folder now and some fat, white labels. Over the weekend I’m going to label the folder ‘REJECTIONS’ in big, black letters and put a smiley face next to it. Not necessarily to celebrate the rejection of my work (!) but to acknowledge that each rejection is another step closer to the agent who deserves to represent me. And I really do feel that is the right way to put it. I’m starting to build enough confidence in my work that I can submit it in the first place; therefore I feel that when (not ‘if,’ ladies and gentlemen) I get taken on, it will be an agent who has seen something and wants to run with it because the writing deserves it (and because they can sell it, obviously). There is risk involved with new authors, everyone knows that, but the people who take that plunge do get to reep the benefits.

Anyway that’s my first acknowledgement and I plan to send another pack out soon. Once I get two or three out I’ll be in a position of wanting to start something new as it will be the waiting game. I’ve never really been good at that.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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3 Responses to Step Three: Acknowledgement

  1. RoboftheWest says:

    Hi Ileandra,
    Postcards? Interesting idea. Are these self-adressed and included with submissions?
    My writing is on a low simmer at the moment. I’m taking a correspondence course recommended by an author. One thing it has done is focused my lazy brain, and as a result ideas and plot have been piling up in my writer’s journal. It feels wonderful.

    I made a decision on my last b-day and am on a 5 year timeline to improve my craft to the point of getting published.

    One thing I have noticed – there are a lot of decent writer’s blogs out there.
    Which ones do you like?

    Best wishes for your writing career. I look forward to seeing your work on the shelves.

    Rob of the West
    In Canada


    • Rob! šŸ˜€ Hi, thanks for commenting.
      Yes I really wish I could remember where I read the postcard idea – it may have been from the Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook – but if it is, I can’t find that section any more.

      Glad to hear you’re writing again; is is a wonderful feeling isn’t it? Five year plan sounds good too; planned out with milestones that will make the whole journey that much easier to complete. I’ll be please to hear how you’re getting on.

      Oooh, blogs I like? Well I must admit I haven’t become wholly enamoured of one particular blog, but there are posts here and there that do catch my notice. These are the people I’ve been peeping at recently: Kimberly Redway, Roz Morris, Inspired Quill, Helen Yee, Maria Smith to name a few….


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