Monday, October 3, 2011
Waiting and Waiting and Waiting
Fives years ago, I had an article accepted for Hopscotch for Girls magazine. Guess what arrived in the mail today? The October 2011 issue with my article in it!
So how did a five-year-old article end up in a new magazine? Well, let's just say the publishing industry is as glacial-paced as the rumors say it is. :)
Actually, I knew when it was accepted that it would be published in the October 2011 issue. Hopscotch is part of the Fun for Kidz Magazine Group. All of their issues are based on themes, and I had written my article on the history of women's marathons specifically for their issue titled "Foot Fun," which had been planned five years in advance.
When they sent their acceptance postcard back in 2006, I followed their instructions for submitting the manuscript via email. For five years, I didn't hear anything further from them. I was beginning to think it wouldn't be published after all. Then on October 1, a mysterious check arrived in the mail. I ran to my local library to see if they had the new Hopscotch issue yet, but no luck. Their most recent copy was the August/September issue.
And then today . . . my author's copy was in mail. :)
It was my very first accepted manuscript. And now I can add it to my slowly growing pile of publication credits.
Oh, and I'll be hounding all of my local public libraries to make sure their October issue is prominently displayed. :)
(If you know a girl between the ages of 8-12 who might like a fun, wholesome magazine, you can check out Hopscotch here. There is also a boys' magazine called Boys' Quest. Samples of both magazines can be found in most public libraries.)