I am incredibly proud of this. I've wanted to write ever since I can remember. I have a cupboard full of poetry and articles, children's stories and part finished novels. My 'things to do before I'm....' lists have always included "get published".
So I am proud, chuffed and grinning inanely, and not sure whether to leap about the place or simply sit quietly embracing the achievement.
It's an item I can tick off my list.
And what do I do next? Move on to the next thing on the list of course; and from a writing perspective that's got to be to achieve publication in hard copy format. A book you can hold. That was the original ambition. The Internet's not that old and didn't exist when my publication dream first came into being!
And so, I keep an eye on those emails to see if the publisher that currently has a copy of my brilliant children's story decides they like it; and I continue to work on the novel, and I start to think about approaching magazines or newspapers to sell articles.
Because, you see, despite the fact that I love my day job, writing is something that writers just do; and I can't stop.
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