Thursday, November 6, 2008

Acceptance Is Nice


Today finds me somewhat giddy about a writing project that has been simmering for a while. Sometime late spring I was talking to Deanna about rejection letters as I had just received my first in what I assumed would be a long line. She asked to see some of my work and unbeknownst to me at the time (in case the answer was disappointing) she submitted the piece I sent her to her editor at Relief Journal. I was surprised and honored when I found out it was under consideration! The editor, Lisa Ohlen Harris, worked with me long and hard on painful but necessary revisions and now many months later that little piece is at the printers to be included in the fall journal. It is a short creative non-fiction description of my time visiting Northrise University in Zambia. I am so grateful to Deanna for all her editing and for getting this ball rolling, as well as to Lisa Harris for her incredibly helpful critiques and willingness to work with me. More thanks to Zak (published in the previous issue of Relief with Deanna) who also gave feedback, and to the rest of you who have been so encouraging about this and excited for me. Should anyone be so inclined to pre-order the issue, which will be chock full of other great poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, that can be done here for a discounted rate.
Yeah! There will be some celebratin' at our house tonight!

11 comments:

deanna said...

Yippee!! Congrats again.

Dad said...

Ordered...looking forward to it.

Melanie said...

That "Diana Barry"ish Deanna!

I haven't told you yet, but when you told me you were being published by Relief a few months ago, I immediately went to the website and ordered the upcoming issue. I got my copy in the mail a month or so ago, and flipped through it to disappointingly not find your piece. Some of the other stuff was good (LOVED Deanna's), but I guess I'm going to have to order another one go get yours. Oh well.

Mm said...

This is the nice stuff of life! I know this process had its share of pain but you stuck with it. May it be the first of many great accomplishments in the print would.
Mm

Mm said...

That is "world"!

Trespasser said...

Finally. I've been checking the site about twice a week waiting for them to get it out.

Zebulin said...

rok.

JShaffer said...

Congratulations, Sarah, that is fantastic! We are so proud of your hard work and creative genius! I feel quite confident that this is the first of many!
Love,
The Former Lisa Harris

Sarah said...

Thank you everyone! You're all so durn encouraging...I hope you enjoy it!

Janelle Rispler said...

Sarah, this is so great. I look forward to reading your piece.
I wrote you a letter but your address is in storage. Will you send it to me? Thanks.

Valerie said...

I can't believe I didn't yet comment to congratulate you. Very belatedly... congratulations.