Friday, February 17, 2012

Yippee!!

Guess what I got in the mail today... An acceptance!!! I was flabbergasted because I submitted this story on January 4th. I rarely get rejections that fast, let alone contracts. Not that I'm complaining. Far from it!

I'm sure I frightened my dog with all the whooping and jumping and dancing I just did.

Anyway, this is the first of many for this year. I'm determined to sell to them at least three times in 2012. I am a Story Machine! Watch out!


17 comments:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Very well done, Kate - you deserve the success with all the great analysis you do!

Pat said...

Congratulations!!! I'll be looking for your story. Hope you sell many this year.

Kate Willoughby said...

Thanks, Rosemary and Pat! Still beaming...

Bernadette said...

Well done, Kate.
You deserve it!

Kate Willoughby said...

Thanks, Bernadette!

Jean Maurie (angelsloveyou) said...

How exciting Kate. What did you sell and when will it be published? Please let us know.

Jess said...

Congrats Kate! I've signed up for your class and I've studied your fascinating blog here. I'm learning so much! Looking forward to reading your story and taking your class.

Kate Willoughby said...

Jean Maurie, I just got the contract a couple of days ago. It'll be in the April 5th issue. :D

Jess, I hope you find the class helpful. Class begins one week from today!

Carol Ayer said...

Way to go, Kate!!!

shaffer40 said...

Congratulations. This is interesting, because I got a rejection from Patricia Gaddis that took her longer than usual -- nearly six weeks (I'd dreamed that it had gone to Johnene, of course). I know they're making procedural changes in WW, but this is curiouser and curiouser.

Donna said...

Way to go!! You are a third of the way there to selling three this year and it's only February!

Kate Willoughby said...

Thanks, Carol!

Shaffer, I didn't know they were making procedural changes. What have you heard?

Thanks, Donna! I am encouraged and motivated!

Shaffer said...

This is a long story, but I sent a story in late last year that went to Johnene. She emailed me (how surprised was I) saying that they were undergoing procedural changes, and from now on, she would be letting writers know by email when she chose their stories to be sent to the editor-in-chief, at which time we would email the stories in Word (rather than after they're approved). Then she'd let writers know yes or no when she got word back from the ed-in-chief. She had in fact chosen my story. She then emailed me after a couple days and said the ed-in-chief must not have been so charmed because it was rejected. A few days later she emailed to let me know that the one you're about to critique was accepted and that they were NOT going to do the new procedure I just described after all. But she mentioned twice that there were changes going on. Tamara

Kate Willoughby said...

Interesting. So are they changing things or not? LOL

Shaffer said...

I wonder if they'll eventually move to email submissions. Anyway, I bet I speak for many when I'd welcome any change that made the process quicker. Tamara

majbooks said...

Kate and Tamara,
I talked about this on the link a little, too, about how they had asked me to email the story in, and then the EIC would read it. Johnene had liked it very much. It had a lot of humor. But, alas, the EIC had a problem with it. Johnene emailed me with something like, "Can it be fixed?" Of course, I said, "Yes," then emailed the revised story, but then never heard another word. So, I just gave up on that one. --Mary Ann

Kate Willoughby said...

majbooks, are you Mary Ann Joyce?