Sometimes a writer will get in touch with me, saying, “I haven’t really made it yet, but today something kind of cool happened.” Now, we have Edgar winners and international bestsellers on the blog who don’t fully believe they’ve made it. No one ever is sure they’ve made it. But putting that aside, there did seem to be room in these “kind of cool” emails for a slightly different sort of Moment. A Mini one. So I decided to allocate some time on the blog for Mini Made It Moment Mornings. Today Julianne Carlile, an emerging writer whom I met at the American Idol of writing conferences, New York Writers Workshop Perfect Pitch, kicks things off.
I just had a made it moment when I found that Tom Colgan was following me on Twitter.
I guess there are many different “made it moments.” When I was in the third grade, our teacher had us write a paper on what we wanted to do when we grew up. I said I wanted to be an author, and proceeded to say in my paper that all you had to do to be one was to write a book and send it to a publishing house. She wrote on my paper that my plan was very impressive. She said, “Julie, you really know what you are doing!” That was a made it moment.
In November, I attended The New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference. It was a great time, learning how to write a good pitch for an editor or agent, meeting other writers, and taking in the fun of New York. While there I pitched my novel to Tom Colgan from Penguin and an editor from Random House. I did not get to pitch to the editor from Avon because I had to get my shuttle to the airport. Made it? Not really.
But, on January 6, an email that Tom Colgan was following me on Twitter! I really am an author. Made it…