Ten Years and Counting …

To quote one of the great philosophers of our time, Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ten years ago, I was feeling a bit discouraged. I’d been submitting work to publishers for a few years and had amassed a thick folder of rejection letters. There were a few personal notes in there, too — a few “Not for us but keep writing!”-type comments, a few “Revise and resubmit?” requests.

I felt like I was close, but also that I could stay close for the term of my natural life, that there was no guarantee a door would open for me, ever. I had begun wondering how much longer I could justify putting time into this writing thing for nil return. I was working long hours in academia; I had a young child. I was stealing time from all over the place in order to indulge this … whatever this was.

I knew I’d never stop writing, never stop jotting down small fragments here and there. But maybe I should stop trying to shape them into stories; maybe I should stick with poetry, which was where I’d started, after all.

Two months later, I signed a contract with Walker Books Australia to publish my first novel, Annabel, Again.

This week, almost exactly 10 years later, these things happened:

  • A Single Stone was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
  • A school won a “date” with me
  • I saw early sketches for a picture book I have due out in 2017 with Publisher #1
  • Publisher #2 asked to meet and discuss picture book submission
  • I finalised details for an anthology piece with Publisher #3
  • Ten Tiny Things was optioned for an animated series
  • I signed a contract for a new junior fiction novel with Publisher #1

This is a week I could never have imagined 10 years ago. Life moves pretty fast. So I’m taking a moment to stop and look around, to be thankful for all of this. I’m not good at celebrating things, but these are moments I don’t want to miss.

5 thoughts on “Ten Years and Counting …

    1. Meg McKinlay Post author

      I know! It’s super early days at this point, but of course we have our fingers crossed.
      I use the phrase “Kyle’s style” a lot during school visits; it just rolls off the tongue. 🙂


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