Monday, February 22, 2010

Red Letter Writing Days

There are days when writing seems hard. When I feel alone, when the words won't come, when the entire journey is uphill.

Last Thursday was not that kind of day. Last Thursday was a Red Letter Writing Day.

Here's what happened:

1. My Writer's Digest Magazine arrived. I always feel so writerly when it arrives, chock-full of information and advice.

2. I finished the content edits on Maggie and the Maverick except for one final read-through. This is my shortest content edit ever, and I owe an awful lot of that to my dear crit partners.

3. Mary Connealy sent me a link to Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls where we're listed on the home page for our book signing on March 12th.

4. I got my first royalty statement and my first royalty check! Wow! How fun was that???

5. I got the cover art for Clara and the Cowboy. I think it's so beautiful. What do you think?




In the words of my crit partner, Katie Ganshert, Holy Canoly! What a day!

Have you had any red-letter writing days?




21 comments:

  1. Good for you!!! Hope you have many more of those wonderful days. I do like the book cover, especially the dramatic cliffs in the background.

    I always loved my writer's magazines and e-zines arriving, though they are very distracting! I found it better for plotting and word-count progress, to go for a drive to the place which inspired my story's setting, if possible. My writing 'career' is on hold for now though as I home school Kindergarten/ 1st grade.

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  2. Woohoo for Red Letter Days! Congrats! I felt like that last week on my day off and I wrote my first synopsis! Whew! THAT was difficult!

    May you have many, many more of those red letter days coming your way!

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  3. Each of your book covers is gettin purtier than the one before.

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  4. Oh my goodness, I love this cover!

    Wishing you many more red letter days so you keep those books coming.

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  5. Congratulations!!! That's a great cover. Can't wait to hold it in my hands :D And yay on short content edits! I also love when Writers Digest arrives--much good reading ahead.

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  6. LOVE the cover, Erica!! Yay! I'm so glad you had such a great day!

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  7. Gorgeous new cover art, Erica - it's beautiful!

    And congrats on the "red letter" day too. I had one of those on Saturday where I made good progress on both revisions for one draft, and new words for another. I so love it when that happens. :-)

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  8. Erica, that is a beautiful cover. Congrats.

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  9. The cover is very nice! Glad you had a good day:)

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  10. Gorgeous cover, Erica, and what a great day! I recall when I received a cheque for a magazine article on the same day as an e-mailed acceptance for another. That was sweet. Those little high points keep up our morale... moments to remember on days when things aren't going quite as well.

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  11. Wow! What a great day!! So excited for you. I can't wait for my red letter day.

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  12. Swooning--gorgeous cover!! You have such amazing artists! And first royalty check??? Woo-hoo!! I'm so happy for you!

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  13. WOW! LOL That was a great day. Your cover is absolutely beautiful. :) Congrats Erica!

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  14. Thank you to all for celebrating with me. Having wonderful people to cheer with makes those red-letter days even more special.

    Butterfly, I sure know how much time homeschooling can take. I didn't start writing until my youngest was in about third grade or so.

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  15. Sherrinda, congrats on writing your first synopsis! (The first of many, I'm sure!)

    CJ- Thanks, I really, really like this one! And I've loved them all so far.

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  16. Linda, thank you!, and see you on Wed for lunch!

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  17. Georgiana, Jamie, and Jody, thanks for celebrating with me!

    Short edit letters are the best! :)

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  18. Sally and Karen, thank you!

    Carol, that IS a red letter day! Congratulations!

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  19. Elana, I'm sure yours is coming soon!

    Jill, isn't that a swoony cover? Sigh. Ashley does such a great job with the cover art at Barbour.

    Jessica, Thank you for celebrating with me!

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  20. Hi, Erica! I was scrolling and reading through my Google Reader and I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you I love the new cover art!! That is so exciting! And congrats on such perfect writing day! hope you are doing well!

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  21. LOVE it Erica!!!! SO SO SO excited for you... red letter writing days are the BEST!

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