Oct 07

It’s official…

I suppose it was official before, but now it just somehow feels more official – yesterday I got a piece of mail from my agent Jack Byrne containing my copy of the contract, and my advance check.  I am officially a paid author.  Someone paid me to do the thing I love.

On a less upbeat note, I recently found out my old high school English teacher Richard Tappan had a stroke not long ago.  He survived it, and is currently on the road to recovery.  I don’t know exactly what that road will entail, but I know it will be difficult and I’m really pulling for him.  I mention him here because it reminded me not only of how long I’ve been writing, but of how important encouragement and guidance can be, especially when you’re young.  In some ways I think he believed in me before I did, and as I reach this milestone, his influence is definitely felt.

I only just received the letter yesterday so I’m not sure what the next step is.  I assume my editor will contact me before long, something I am looking forward to.

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