And whose life isn't made better with a truly big trophy..." Loreli Gilmore

Yes, I'm quoting Gilmore Girls again... mostly because I believe that when it comes right down to it they are able to strip away so much of what is truly annoyances and fixate on the really important stuff... like a big trophy... or recognition of doing something well... or sometimes, it is simply need for a good bit of reassurance that you aren't totally screwing things up.I'm having one of those days when I could really use a truly big trophy. People who don't write as you do (i.e. family, friends, kids, neighbors) sometimes think that if you sell you are automatically shifted to a higher level in the publishing industry... that no matter what you do it will be snatched up and published to rave reviews and that it can be done without any effort at all.

Not...

I sold two books within six months from each other. The first came out in January... the second comes out in July. I have no real idea how the first book did. I'm guessing that it was okay, but certainly not New York Times List stuff. Still, I keep hoping that I'm going to write something that will garner a really big trophy... or just make a really big list. A little recognition and a few less rejections would certainly help. Sometimes it is nice to say "I'm just glad that I was nominated", but there are other times when what you really want to say is...All I want is a really BIG trophy...

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