My mother-in-law always says, 'what's for ye, won't go by ye.' I have found this to be very true in my life.
My primary ambition (in my five-year plan) was to be print published by a RWA recognized firm. Last November I'd become a little frustrated with placing my story 'Her Sanctuary' with either an agent or a New York editor. The feedback I was getting was they 'liked it' but thought it would be hard to catagorize (i.e. shelve in the bookstore). I have a good voice (they said), but 'it is a bit too dark for this type of romance'.
I didn't try masses of people in NY. I got so frustrated with the wait time, I decided to try the epublisher my CP Kendra had sold to.
Triskelion offered me a contract straight away. Which was great--but it wasn't the big bang for me--you know? I felt kind of in limbo because most people don't understand ebooks and it wasn't a score for my five-year-plan.
So then I find out they are becoming a print publisher and that my book is going to print in December 2006. Well, seriously, the thought of clutching my hard written words between my two mitts is a MASSIVE thrill, but it still wasn't that score in my self-imposed five-year-plan.
Except now... ladies and gentlemen, now Triskelion have earned RWA recognition and I am going to be published in print with an RWA recognized publisher. I can join PAN (Public Author Network in RWA), I can enter contests (OMG--I could enter the RITAs). I feel validated and vindicated--even though not a single word of my book has changed (except tiny edits). What I'm trying to say--so badly, is my rejected story from a year ago is now a success. I did everything backwards--no surprise believe me, you should see me on a horse! I had the most convoluted CALL ever. But now I feel I can really say--I'm an author.
(P.S. Working on point two of five-year-plan ;-)).