Every month, my local RWA chapter passes out milestone recognition awards. A silk rose for an agent/editor request, chocolate for rejections and a charm bracelet for the first sale. A cute little charm is added for every subsequent sale.
Welp, I finally, finally got my first sale bracelet yesterday! Squee!
I know it’s just a bracelet and I could probably find one for $5 somewhere online, but it isn’t about the bracelet itself—it’s about what it represents. Six years of blood, sweat and tears. Six years of obsessing over plot points, character arcs and sentence structure. Six years of wondering if it’d ever pay off, or if I was just kidding myself.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have tons to learn about writing, the business, everything, but my bracelet is there to remind me that I can do it.