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Letters

Occasionally, I get fan letters. That's awesome. Rarely, I get query/commission letters from people who want me to write for them. This morning, I got a new type of letter and it just floored me.

Jennifer,

This e-mail has gone through a few drafts, and I've decided just to start it all over again.

Thank you.

Yes, that's exactly the note I want to start on: Thank you.

You are probably unaware of that affect that you've had, personally, on my writing. You've accepted a few stories of mine, two for Grants Pass and one for Edge of Propinquity. Let's start off with the first one, shall we?

You're familiar that the dark jungle of the publishing world. First starting out it is hard, easy to get confused, and the lush jungle doesn't teach you kindly. When I started, I was (like everyone does) getting piles of rejections tall enough that I could build a bell tower out of. My confidence was dropping. Maybe, I thought, this was a bad idea even bothering to send the stories out. Maybe I should just write for me. Maybe I should not write at all. Bad thoughts, I know, but they came nonetheless. Then, I submitted my first story to Grants Pass. 15 days later it was accepted. That single acceptance saved my writing career. I wouldn't get another acceptance for a few months, and it was my acceptance into Grants Pass that kept me going. I think that I would have been weak and given up had I not had the acceptance, but my word processor would be cold and lonely.

Then, I continued along. Getting a few acceptances here and there. But, with an acceptance into EoP I hit another confidence level. I could make money, not just copies. With that acceptance, I've stepped up my writing game. I'm actually making a little bit of cash, and people are seeing more of my work.

So, what am I getting at? Thank you. That's what I need to say. Without you, I might not be writing right now. It's that simple. Each story I get published from here on out just might not have been possible without you.

So, Thank You.

And I hope that in the future, we can cross again in the literary world. Whether it be in the eventually publication of Grants Pass, a new EoP story that I submit for the next round of submissions, or another project that's just over the horizon.

Thank you,

Scott Almes
Read. Write. Be Merry.
[email address redacted]


Scott is the Edge of Propinquity July "Guest Quarters" story author with his fabulous story, Wolf Den. I'm really glad I helped him get his writing confidence back.

Comments

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fullcontactmuse
Jul. 4th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
In a word: Awesome. :)
hamstersbane
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I can add my own thanks to that. "Final Edition" was the first thing I've ever submitted for anything. The nearly immediate acceptance was a real confidence booster and has helped me keep writing, even when the rejections are starting to reach 100 and the acceptances around eight or so.

Your comments for "First Night in Jennings Grove" when that one was accepted didn't hurt, either.

So, sorry I didn't say it before, but Thanks!

BTW, what's the latest on Grants Pass?
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