Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Writing Numbers

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We all have different writing numbers. Here are some of mine....

Six years of serious application (writing at least 4 times/week....learning....submitting...really, really trying). Many more years ahead, I hope.


Five partially finished manuscripts (anywhere from 25-100 pages written)


Three completed novels (the first one was is horribly embarrassing, but I'm still counting it)


Seven conferences (these are the best!!!)


Nine thousand dollars in conference/hotel/airline fees (what??? *double checks math* Holy Cow! that number is correct. Ouch. Please, Lord, don't let my husband look at today's post....)


Countless rejections (honestly, I wish I would have saved every single one instead of ripping them to tiny bits and throwing them away. My frustration sometimes gets the better of me.)


One agent *eyes left sidebar*
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27 comments:

MeganRebekah said...

Wow! Congratulations! You have to update us on the agent process and how it all went for you. Screaming? Tears? Laughing? Hugging? I'm hoping there was lots of dancing :)

Janna Qualman said...

Yes, is the agent thing new? I must have missed it before. Congrats!

And best as you continue raising your numbers! :)

Danyelle said...

What?!

Congratulations, Tess! That is awesome!

Wendy said...

Wooo HOOO! I loved the way you put that out there! Congratulations! You're gonna WOW 'em! You already did!
~ Wendy

Davin Malasarn said...

Is the agent news new? Is this your subtle way of telling us about it? :)

LexiconLuvr said...

HOLY FRICKIN' COW!!!! TESS!!! YOU SLY THING! Way to go!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!!

Lisa and Laura said...

Ooh, finally I can comment. My blogger wasn't working.

YAY!! I'm so happy for you. The second we read your entry in MSFV's SA contest we knew it was only a matter of time.

Congratulations!!

lianabrooks said...

Yay for agent!!!

*throws confetti*

Joyce Wolfley said...

WOW! I am so excited for you. Huge congrats going your way.

Cindy said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! So much excitement this week. Congratulations!

beth said...

Wow! So cool! I love the way you set this up with numbers! :)

Kimberly said...

I'm so glad to have found your blog and this post. It gives me hope that some day I'll find all my numbers adding up to 1. Congratulations! All that hard work does amount to something :)

Charlie said...

That's great news Tess. let us know your progress every step of the way.

Scott said...

Congrats! Hopefully the agent news will so excite your husband that he'll forget about the $9,000 (OMG).

Tess said...

Thanks, friends. It makes it so much more fun when you have a writing community to share these experiences with. I told one of my non writing friends and she said, "Didn't you get one of those a long time ago?" like it's as easy as going through the drive through at McDonalds.

And, Scott - I know! Ouch. Of course, I have a penchant for out of state conferences so a lot of it was airfare and hotel. Still.

Michelle said...

Great job! You'll have to share with us how you got the agent. Some of us are still working on that...

Jeannie Campbell said...

congrats!! i looked at the agency website and it looks like such a great fit for you! yay!!

Crystal said...

TESSSSS!! Wow! You go, girl! Wow! I almost shouted here (at work) and had to catch myself (My office is VERY quiet). Good Lord, Tess. I like how you saved that last number for the end--WHOO HOO! I haven't looked yet, but don't forget to let the blueboarders know. This is GOOD NEWS!

And please, pretty please? Tell us your agent story when you get a chance . . . I can't stop saying it: WOW!

Robyn said...

WAAAAAAA! No, no, I'm so happy for you. These are tears of joy, don't you know. Waaaaaaaaa!

Seriously, love the way you did this. Did you scream? When they called, did you think someone was playing a cruel joke? Were you speechless? I GOTTA KNOW, HOW IT FELT!!!!!!!! :0)

Lady Glamis said...

Tess, I'm so happy and excited for you! I told you your book was AMAZING!!!!!

*HUGS*

I can't wait to meet you. :)

lotusgirl said...

Tess! You're a star! I knew you'd have an agent before long. It's nice to see that it's already happened! Woohoo! Now Ollie just has to get an editor. Love the number set up.

Natalie said...

Wow! Great news! Congratulations, etc. My online friends have been raving about how awesome you are. Glad that you could find success!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

ONE is NOT the loneliest number! It's a wonderful number. My sincerest and heartfelt congratulations. That is such great news. Can't wait to see your post on how the pub house battled at auction for your book. :)

Melinda said...

I want you to know that I was the FIRST one to comment and congratulate you, and now it's gone and I didn't any credit . . . WAAH! (I think it's because I didn't choose an account.)

Anyway: CONGRATULATIONS!! SO GREAT!!!!!

Janice said...

Oh so wonderful! Congratulations.

ElanaJ said...

This is the awesomest countdown EVER! Congratulations!!

The Screaming Guppy said...

Congrats!!!!