This week I received an envelope in the mail. Upon seeing it, I sighed.
Decades ago, a writer would not have been certain what the envelope contained . A rejection? A request from an editor to revise work? An acceptance? A cheque? Who knew.
Things have changed. Most snail-mailed replies are rejections, in Canada. Receiving a reply e-mail can mean either rejection or acceptance. In the case of longer works (i.e. book submissions,) a phone call is the norm, if the work is accepted. Why? Because the acceptance signals the beginning of the editing process between author and publisher, heralds the start of a beautiful long-term relationship (hopefully. )
So, back to MY envelope. It was pudgy. I smiled when I felt its weight. I figured that the editor had been kind enough to send me a critique. Every hard-working writer appreciates a hard-working editor who actually takes the time and care to send some feedback.
But the envelope didn’t contain a rejection or feedback.
I opened the envelope to find not only an acceptance letter, but proofs.
The Prairie Journal has accepted two of my poems (two!), and the literary editor sent me the proofs to show me how my poems had been formatted. HOLY COW. The journal is ready to go to print!
It was the best of surprises.
I am just thrilled to be included in this wonderful journal that will feature more work by Barry Butson, a poet I very much admire.
I can’t wait to read the journal cover to cover! From the Writer’s Digest Writer’s Market, and in reference to The Prairie Journal: “The audience is literary, university, library, scholarly, and creative readers/writers.”
So, I’m in happy dance mode.
Thank you (big hugs) to all those who are happy dancing with me.