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Thu 10 Dec 2009, 05:08 PM
Inline JPEG imageAs many of my regular readers know, I occasionally take some time from writing software to write poetry and short stories.  In the past couple of months, I have been submitting some of these, and have gotten some acceptances, but not too many and none of them paying.  I just got a letter from one of the more competitive magazines, and it is a most extraordinary letter.

Dear Ben,

Thank you for submitting your poems to Strong Verse. We would like to publish all five poems that you sent.  Could you please send me your mailing address along with a brief bio if you’d like that included.

Our editor, Mr. Card, couldn't say enough good about your poetry -- he absolutely loves it and would love to see more.

Kathleen Bellamy
Strong Verse

OK, so nice, yes, especially for a competitive paying market, but not extraordinary.  At least, not until you find out that "Mr. Card" is Orson Scott Card, author of 
Ender's Game, the only author to ever win the Nebula and Hugo Awards in back to back years.  And he "loves" my writing?  That is an extraordinary endorsement I will accept any day.

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