When you put yourself out there, you get good stuff in return. That’s the way it works.
Back in February I entered my novel, Still Life in Blood, in a contest. I had no expectations. I entered the contest not on a whim, but on the suggestion of my editor. I sent my entry and waited. I went to Denver for my book reading and signing. I continued my Instagram and Facebook posts about Still Life in Blood. Then, a little over a month ago, on March 26, I received an email stating that I had won First Place in the Category of Novels for Adult Readers in the 2014 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest.
I was shocked and excited like an actor winning a Golden Globe. I pinched myself, of course. I stared, stunned, at the email, reading it over and over like a mantra. I had, after all, forgotten that I had even entered the contest to begin with. So it really was a surprise. I had sent in my submission after the contest had been extended; they said that I had only one day left to enter. I smiled the rest of the day and have been smiling ever since when it comes to my writing life.
Since then I’ve been having great interest in my writing and novel. I’ve been asked to submit to an anthology, be a guest on an online radio show (Slushheap, which took place 7pm last night), and have booked several signings and festivals in the coming months. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2014.
I’m blessed with all this good intention coming my way and I’m making sure I send it back into the Universe.
I talked to a good friend of mine and told her about all the good stuff happening and what she told me resonates inside of me every single day since. I repeat it when I’m feeling down. I tell other people, too. She said, “It’s because you’re putting yourself out there in a positive way!” I realized I am, and I will continue to do so.
So don’t let negativity overcome your thoughts. Don’t think about what you don’t have yet; think about what you’re doing, every day, to keep going in that direction. Keep your mind on your goal and get there the only way you should: through positivity, hard work, and putting yourself out there. You shouldn’t be afraid to get what you want to get out of life. If you’re sending good vibes into the world, you’ll get good in return.
Do you have any stories to share about putting yourself out there and getting something in return?