Ouch. The un-Made It Moment–a term newly coined by today’s featured author, Linda Hall. That one is so real, it hurts. As Linda says below, We’ve all had them, right? Writers and non-writers alike. But Linda’s *Made It* Moment is a lot cheerier. In fact, her description of it gives you a visual right away. And I guarantee, whether you’re feeling made-it-y or un-made-it-y today, this Moment will make you smile.
In this business, there are many “made it moments,” those times when you feel you can finally admit to everyone that you’re a writer without fear that the Writing Police will come to your door demanding your Writer’s ID Card back. But, for every “made-it-moment,” there are also a number of “un-made it moments.” (But that’s the stuff of another blog post). It’s a career of ups and downs, isn’t it? So, when those “made it moments” occur, we need to hold them close to our hearts so they can carry us through the difficult times.
My first “made it moment” happened way back in 1992, a few years before internet and email. My first novel, a futuristic thriller called The Josiah Files, was being released by Thomas Nelson Publishers. (Don’t look for it. It’s been OOP for a long time!) I was waiting like all brand new novelists for my books to arrive. I’d received a cover flat in the mail, but touching the actual books in person would be a whole new level of cool. My books were expected to arrive any day. And every day I waited for the courier guy.
One afternoon I came home, opened the front door, and there were my author copies – all of them – spread out over the living room floor like a rug. The books had arrived while I was out and my husband had opened the box and laid them all side to side and end to end on the carpet. That was one of those champagne moments. I finally had a book. And it was in print. And here it was!
And so in the ensuing years when things in the publishing industry and writing life may have gotten me down, I think of that moment, my books all spread out on the living room floor.
Award winning and twice Christy-nominated author Linda Hall has written eighteen novels of mystery and suspense, plus many short stories. She grew up in New Jersey where her love of the ocean was nurtured. Most of her novels have something to do with the sea. When she’s not writing, Linda and her husband enjoy sailing the St. John River system and the coast of Maine. In the summer they move aboard their 34′ sailboat aptly named – Mystery.