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Amazing I Have Just Been Offered £50.00 For My Effort

Updated on June 9, 2010

My First Acheivement

Good news has just arrived in the post, the pet magazine I sent a submission to has offered me £50.00 to print my article. I am on cloud nine. I know in this day and age that £50.00 is not a fortune, but to me it has given me far more than wealth, it has given me the encouragement to carry on writing.

I joined a creative writers course late last year and was just beginning to wonder if I had wasted  my money. I have found the course to be a real eye opener. I have won many book tokens and other useful gifts over the years, and have received lots of praise and encouragement from my friends and family who continually tell me I have a lovely style of writing, but my course tutor disagreed. You see, as I understand it, I write like I talk, with a broad Lancashire accent, anyone watching Emmerdale and thinking that 'tinternet' is not a valid word, would be totally wrong. Phrases like 'Our Peg' (wife) and 'Upt ginnel' ( alley way) are just normal every day speech from 'Us Lancashire Lasses.', Yorkshire too has it's fair share of oddities.

I have taken some fairly strong criticism from my course tutor, but I have her to thank that I have just potentially earned my first £50.00 from writing. I now stop and think about my words, I can't say that I enjoyed the beginning of the course but as I was paying for it, I persevered and developed a thick skin, and learnt to bite my tongue over the remarks my course tutor made.

I hated researching the endless racks of magazine titles, more so, really didn't like the constant flow of readers letters we had to write for our course work. It has paid off and shame on me for thinking 'what a waste of time'.

My article to the pet magazine was submitted in February. Like many of us I waited and waited for a reply and then giving up hope, resigned myself to indulge again in self pity, and believed my article had been submitted to the bin, without even as much as a 'no thankyou' 

I am now frantically trying to find a nice head and shoulder photograph, and writing a biography to introduce myself to the readership; in such hope that I will be published again in the future. My head is all over the place, maybe I will get replies, or even fan mail or more importantly work commissioned! Wow how great that would be.

My message to anyone who reads my blog is simply, keep going, I have and look at me now. My tutor didn't really rave this pet article either, her comments were 're-edit and then try and I wish you luck'.

Although I have changed my style of writing because of my creative writing course, it is still me inside, just a little posher.

Good luck everybody.



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    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Welcome to my Hub world xkamronx. It truly makes a difference to your writing if some one really likes it enough to publish it for you. Your time will come if you are prepared to put the dedication into your writing that we all need. Make sure I am the first to know when you get an offer lol.

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      7 years ago from Utah, USA

      Congratulations! I hope I will get this chance some day =]

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Bravo-there is hope for me yet, LOL Thanks for sharing this awesome event!

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Peg, thank you so much for your comment. It was the first and last time I had anything published. I am flopping around like a fish out of water at the moment and must look to sort myself out.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Good work getting published AND getting paid. Wonderful. And BTW, I love the accent your writings display. Have you thought about adding your blog address to your profile? I would follow.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      CONGRATS!!!!! I think it is wonderful.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Diana, me too. Long hand seems so far away now with all this new technology. God bless the computer. Life is so much easier now, just sit in the warmth, mug of tea at the ready and let the fingers do the talking.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you for words of encouragement. I am 55 and now taking my second writing course. The last one I took was in 1989. A lot has changed since then with computers being the biggest. I think if I had to do it with a typewriter and postal service I most likly would have gave up on the notion.

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      7 years ago from SE London, England

      Hey, I write like I talk as well and always have to be in a certain frame mind if I write have to write a report or anything esle that thas to be seen by others. Great hub, beautifully written and I look forward to reading more.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      Great story and many of us can identify with, or at least imagine, that special glow that accompanies this experience. Sometimes it's hard to realize the benefit that comes from having a tough teacher. It can be hard to take criticism of our children or our writings. You did well. Congratulations and welcome to HubPages.


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