Some people need positive reinforcement more than others, just as some plants need more water to survive. This may be shallow, because confidence should come from within, but…
For me, attending the RWA National conference in Atlanta last week provided a thorough soaking that should last for months. Not only did my standing room only workshop with RWA Hall of Famer Jennifer Greene earn rave reviews, many attendees (both published and not, people I’d met and those I hadn’t) said they’d voted for me in American Title II and knew I’d sell soon. I also ran into a published author who said she’d judged one of my contemporaries in a contest and gave a very high score, which she usually doesn’t, because she thinks I have so much talent. And the praise continues in various online posts.
Also, I learned in Atlanta that one of my medievals won a contest and the editor judge requested a full manuscript. And Tuesday night, I got a call that one of my contemporaries finaled in the Maggie Awards, frequently cited as one of the most prestigious contests for the as yet unpublished.
So thanks to everyone who has supported and encouraged me. Who supports and encourages you?