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Creativity Acknowledged: Receiving My First Acceptance E-Mail from an Editor

Updated on August 23, 2012

Full Moon

The Moon has long been an inspiration for poets as a synonym of romantic love. In Ancient lore The Moon was also a piece of cheese eaten by a giant throughout  its cycle of monthly phases.
The Moon has long been an inspiration for poets as a synonym of romantic love. In Ancient lore The Moon was also a piece of cheese eaten by a giant throughout its cycle of monthly phases. | Source

Editorial Acknowledgement


A few months ago I joined the Yahoo! Contributor Network, (now Yahoo! Voices). In part to look for a source of income from writing. In part however to look for some validification for my writing.

Validity is a big thing for me. I like to know if people like my work. Here on HubPages we post our work and if people read it some leave a nice comment, but most do not leave a trace of their opinion one way or another. That can be frustrating at times.

Over the time I have been with the Yahoo Contributor Network, I have written several articles and pieces, submitted them and a few days later received an e-mail telling me the piece was rejected for one reason or another. I guess the modern equivalent of the authors dreaded rejection slip.

Two weeks ago a opportunity arose on my assignment desk to write a poem based on a photograph.

I flicked through their online image gallery, being blind this was the tough bit, but a beautiful image of the Full Moon stood out for me. That would be my inspiration.

The Muse was Not Working on the Project


Eagerly I tried to think of all the things the Moon meant to me: Romance; lovers; harvest Moon; more romance; more lovers and so on.

My mind was definitely stuck in a rut. I could not break away from the iconic traditions of what the Moon represents. and after a couple of pages of notes, even I could see this was going nowhere for me or the poem.

So what to do then. I had accepted the assignment. It was not due for ten days anyway. So I just put down my pen and walked away. Listened to an audiobook, looked up questions here on HubPages. For two days I thought about the assignment but did nothing towards continuing my work on it.

Grandad's Story!


On the third day, I sat down again. Still the images of romance and love came back.

But somewhere the Muse must have been working overtime. An image came back to me from years ago. Walking down a track through fields of summer wheat with my granfather and his dog. As the sun set the Harvest Moon began to rise across the fields. Large and golden, it seemed to fill the horizon.

My grandfather was not much of a story teller, but he began to tell me of old times when giants walked the world, if they were hungry they would reach up and take a bite from the Moon which was really a giant cheese.

It was a fascinating few moments for me and all the emotion of that late summers day came back to me.

The muse had indeed inspired me.

Quick Scribbling


In moments, my poem changed. No longer a poem of love and romance. Now a poem inspired by my grandfather's story of giants.

My short poem soon completed, I sat and gazed at it for a few minutes. Listening to the voice of my screen reader, repeating my words over and over. It seemed to me just right, but I waited another day before finally submitting the piece to the editors.

Six days later, I opened my e-mail account. There was an e-mail from Yahoo Contributor Network. Almost expecting to have received another rejection slip. I clicked on it. To my stunned amazement the poem had been accepted and published.


Creativity Acknowledged


The feeling was very different than the one I get from seeing replies to my posts here on HubPages. I enjoy both but here someone was saying. "Yes, this work is good enough. To show you how much we like it we'll pay you."

It is so nice to have the validification in that form. Only a couple of dollars but still the first direct payment for work. Very different from the being paid for producing an advertising platform.

Even the list of rejection slips seem to vanish with the one acceptance e-mail.

After all many "real" writers say that you are only a writer if you have been rejected.

So maybe this past week I moved from being an optimistic amateur to the realms of a real writer.

In my dreams anyway.

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    • Bretsuki profile image
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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Peggy, thank you for leaving a comment.

      Thank you. It was a nice sueprise to receive the acceptance e-mail. I would reccommend Yahoo Contributor Network for any would be writers, they do pay some upfront payments or payments based on performance. I have since gone on to receive several more upfront payments for work too.

      But in the end, HubPages is still my favorite place to write, though I admit to a bit of a drought lately.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is the only place where I have written and learned some honing of skills. Like you and others have stated, it is such a friendly community of like minded people. Congratulations on being accepted and getting paid for that piece. I can just imagine your grandfather telling you that story! :))

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Seeker7, thanks for your comments. Yes, I think the thing I like most with HubPages, is that the community here seems much more supportive compared to other publishing platforms.

      Thanks again.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a very interesting hub and something I hadn't really thought about. Certainly from my point of view, I read hubs and when I really like something I will leave a positive comment to encourage the writer and give acknowledgement that their hardwork and effort at least meant something to me. I think for many on hub pages it is a launching platform to other things. Hub Pages therefore gives them the confidence to grow, especially when they get good reviews and followings from other hubbers - many of whom are of course excellent and experienced writers.

      But you are right in saying that nothing compares to receiving an 'official' acceptance of your work.

      This was a really fascinating and enjoyable hub.

    • Bretsuki profile image
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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Sharyn, great to see you again! Yes I know what you mean. I was reading somewhere that 90% of people on the web just lurk. 9% leave comments of some kind, that includes spammers and "Good Post." comments only 1% actually contribute in depth, with constructive criticism and considered thoughts. From my experience the vast majority of people here on HubPages including yoursrlf are in that 1%.

      Thanks for posting.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Bret,

      How are you? Thank you for this piece. As much as I love all the comments on my hubs, I never feel that I am really critiqued. And I do feel that I need that. And that's why I have also been checking out other writing avenues.

      Take care,

      Sharyn

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hopefully we can. :)

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      Lawrence Mckenzie 6 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      THANK YOU.CHANGING THE WORLD ONE PERSON AT A TIME.

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Lawrence, thank you for stopping by and sharing your story. Writing has become a bit of a release for me too. Going blind brings lots of frustrations and in sharing I often see a brighter side to life. All the best with your writing,.

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      Lawrence Mckenzie 6 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      hello I dropout in the 8grade.i was verbally,MENTALLY,PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ABUSED BY MOTHERS HUSBAND. WHICH LED ME TO BEING A 12YEAR OLD ALCOHOLIC,DEPRESSED,LOST,LOW SELF-ESTEEM,AND THE MOST HURTING PART! AT 14 YEARS OLD I HAD TO DEFEND MYSELF FROM MY MOMS HUSBAND WITH HITTING HIM WITH A BASEBALL BAT,HE STAYED IN THE HOSPITAL GOT OUT AND STARTED COMING UP TO MY SCHOOL FLASHING A GUN AT ME.WELL TWO WEEKS AFTER THAT MY MOM LET HIM MOVE BACK IN AFTER ALL THE ABUSE.THE HURTING PART TO THIS STORY:NO ONE SAID ANYTHING TO ME LIKE IT NEVER HAPPEN.I DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHY? SO I DROPOUT AND MY LIFE WENT DOWN HILL.IM 43 YEARS OLD AND I DID GET MY HIGH SCHOOL =GED.AT 27 YS OLD AND WENT TO CINCINNATI COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR ONE YEAR.WELL TO SAY IN COLLEGE I LEARN HOW TO EXPRESS MYSELF ON PAPER AND LOVE IT.I WILL KEEP WRITING POETRY ITS MY PASSION AND IT LOVES COMPANY.

    • Bretsuki profile image
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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Thank you vijaywali10. I agree. Contractual agreements though allow me only to post a link to the poem for you to visit the site which has paid me for the work.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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      vijaywali10@yahoo.com 6 years ago

      it would have been nice to post the poem alongwith photograph

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      You're Welcome. Always nice to hear a success story.

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      lovesleftovers 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Bretsuki! Back at ya :)

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Thank you lovesleftovers. That is a good point. We need to keep trying even in the seeming never ending face of rejection. I am glad that you broke through to have your work published.

      I took a look at a few of your hubs and you are a very good and interesting writer.

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      lovesleftovers 6 years ago from Texas

      Speaking for myself, I am absolutely not offended in anyway :) It's important to set goals. Not long ago I decided to apply to write for Suite101 and was accepted. But I was beginning to get very frustrated and put off by the initial process of having my first article accepted. I almost gave up but decided to give it one last try. To my surprise and relief my article was accepted and published. So, you're right, this writing business certainly isn't something that happens over night and rejection is not for the thin-skinned. Keep up the good work!

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello truthfornow, thank you. Yes and quite unexpected. I hope it inspires people to keep trying that one extra time. It seems that is sometimes the one time you start to succeed.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Congratulations on your accomplishment. You should be proud because you succeeded at a goal you established for yourself.

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello lovesleftovers. Thanks for your encouragement. I appreciate your comments. I agree that there is nowhere like HubPages for writing. I have been coming back for a couple of years now and love it. I hope I did not offend in calling myself an optomistic amateur and comparing myself to a real writer now. It was not meant as an insult to anyone who writes here.

    • Bretsuki profile image
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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Pelton, there used to be such a model in the Science Museum in London, it was about four feet across and was a great hit. At the time I could see so didn't appreciate it as much. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      lovesleftovers 6 years ago from Texas

      You became a "real writer" the day you wrote your first piece. I don't feel anyone should ever identify themself with what or where they publish. I've been writing for Yahoo for a little while now and, while I agree it is an esteem builder, I really enjoy the HubPage friendly community feel. You really don't get that with many other places. Keep writing for yourself first, the rest can be the gravy. Best wishes! :)

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      ThePelton 6 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      Someone out there with a three dimensional plastic printer should make a detailed model of the moon with all its mountains and craters that someone like Bretsuki could feel and experience. BROAD HINT.

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