A Magical Day

The Friday before Thanksgiving started like any other Friday. My husband went to get me a coffee and pick up a lottery ticket because as they say in New York, “you gotta be in it to win it.”

Unfortunately, the lottery machine was down.

That afternoon, we visited Jon’s fourth grade class for an Authors Celebration. The kids had written books about endangered animals. The parents got to read each book and write comments on their sheets.

I wrote: “Congratulations on your book. Now you can say you were published before your Mom.”

When I arrived home, I was chatting online with a fellow writer with whom I am collaborating on my third novel when the following email arrived from an editor who was reviewing the manuscript for my second novel:

Finally! I’ve received permission from the powers that be to offer a contract for your novel. I enjoyed the story and the changes you’ve made. One thing though, in order to publish this novel, it’ll need a new title. We already have one with that name. If this is okay with you, let me know and I’ll prepare the contract packet.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Needless to say, there was much screaming, yelling, and jumping. My husband had just picked up Jon from school and they were the first to hear the news. I told Jon he had brought me good luck.

My mom cried, my sister was overjoyed, my brother got really quiet with a bit of awe in his voice, my dad brought me a beautiful plant, one of my friends who reads my early drafts did a jig. It was amazing.

To top it off, I had plans to go to a book signing for Mary and Carol Higgins Clark with a friend. The Higgins Clark ladies were quite entertaining and I was just glowing listening to them with my news dancing in my head. When they were signing the book, I told them my news and they went crazy. It was so exciting to have these two famous authors reading the email I had printed out and offering me advice and congrats.

Mary signed a copy of her book and then my email. She wrote: Think Royalty Checks! Her daughter wrote: Way to go Margaret. Can’t wait to see your book in print!

Does a day get more magical than this?

After the signing, my friend and I were sitting in the Borders Café. I happened to glance at the blurb on the Higgins Clark book and saw it was about a group of people who win a large lottery.

Hmmmm. If that lottery machine had been working, do you think I would have won the lottery that day? I do.

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5 Comments

  1. December 9, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Congratulations, Margaret! I was going to cc my blog on Inked In last night, but life got out of control and I never got back to my computer. Thanks for correcting my link…I’ll go fix that before life blows up again. 🙂

  2. Brian Pagano said,

    December 28, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Fantastic news, Margaret. Very inspirational. I can’t wait to purchase a copy.

  3. Peter D. said,

    September 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, Margaret but how many people can actually say they hit the lottery WITHOUT A TICKET?? You did win!You deserve it! I'm very proud of you, your accomplishment and your perseverance!Love ya,Pete

  4. Michael G. said,

    March 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

    As an unpublished writer, I just love this story. I hope one day I get such a letter. What made you persist when you were getting rejection letter after rejection letter?

    Thanks for your support of my blog. kepp up the good work! I hope you get many more such letters.

    • March 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks, Michael. I persisted because it sort of turned into an obsessive-compulsive experience…I had a list of places to submit to and I wasn’t going to stop until I had. 😉

      Not-quite joking aside, you have to turn off the emotions at this stage of the game and just submit. For some reason, the rejections never bothered me.

      I was fortunate to receive some rejection letters that were extremely helpful in pointing out which parts of the novel didn’t work. I rewrote those sections and my query letter before submitting to the next agents/editors on my list.

      I really enjoy your blog and hope you get the letter some day soon. 🙂 Be sure to tell me when you do and we’ll pop open some cyber-Champagne.


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