Saturday, January 05, 2008

Two Contracts in Two Days

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." ~ Norman R. Augustine

So three days ago, I received an email from Literary Cottage Agency, who was taking submissions for the anthology "My Mom is my Hero." I had submitted one and found out it's been selected as a finalist! They take 53 finalists. 50 are published in the book, and 3 are alternates. So the odds are good for me...fingers crossed. It's similar to the "Chicken Soup" books, from what I can gather, with narrative nonfiction pieces all about, well, you know, why your mom is heroic to you. I wrote about the time when I was in elementary school, and I wasn't allowed to take certain books out of the library because they were considered "too advanced" for a 1st grader. My mom straightened that out, and fast! The story is titled "Blue Circle Books," and if all goes well, the anthology will appear in print in Spring 2009, right before Mother's Day.

Then two days ago, I heard back from my editor at Samhain Publishing, offering me a contract for One Night in Memphis!! Very exciting...I had submitted the full to her over two months ago, so it was nice to hear a response. No guarantees, even if you've already published with them! So I am really, really happy about that one as well!

I feel as though I can finally say, yes, I am a writer. It's a nice feeling :)

12 comments:

Mom said...

Those are exciting pieces of news, Ali! Congrats!!
And, yes, I did try to straighten out those teachers more than once, I'm afraid! But being a teacher myself, I always tried to look at the situation from a teacher's point of view as well as a mom's.

Love, Mom

Dru said...

Excellent news! Congratulations! Good luck and I bet you story will be included in the anthology.

bunnygirl said...

Congratulations! What a great way to start the year!

Diane Craver said...

Congratulations to you on your awesome start for 2008! What great news! I agree with Dru - I bet your story will be included.

Marianne Arkins said...

I was hoping it was "Memphis"!! WOO HOO!

Mel said...

Congrats, Allie! I completely understand the feeling. What a way to celebrate the new year.

Dad said...

Your Mom was always there behind you every step of the way (as was I) but she was the one who bunted heads with the admin.
I am so proud of you and your accomplishments!

Love, Dad

windycindy said...

You go girl!!!!! Don't you just love all of the accolades coming your way! I hope they keep on coming! Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Allie Boniface said...

Thanks, everyone, for the happy wishes. It's been an exciting couple of days!

Ceri said...

How wonderful! Big congrats to you!!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Wonderful news, Allie! Congratulations!

MaryF said...

Congratulations x2, Allie!!!