You Can Call Me A PRO

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Tuesday, I received a very exciting email. I am officially a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. For those who don’t know, this means I have finished a manuscript and attempted to sell it. In essence, I’ve managed to get rejected. Which sounds like a bad thing, but in this case is good.

I’ve been a member of RWA since 2007 and attended three Nationals conferences in the last three years. For nearly every exhausting minute of those conferences, I was certain I would be revealed as a fraud at any moment. I’d never finished a manuscripts, had no sad rejection stories to share. Until last year I wasn’t even pitching.

Ironically, now that I have a completed and revised MS as well as my shiny new PRO status, I’m not attending the RWA National conference coming up in two weeks. (It’s killing me!) BUT, I will be attending the Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight &Magnolias conference in the fall at which I intend to have another completed MS ready to pitch and a brand new pin to add to my flare.

Guess that means I better get back to work.

15 thoughts on “You Can Call Me A PRO”

  1. Congratulations Terri!! =) Enjoy your new status…it’s almost as exciting as being knighted by the queen! lol….=)
    carrie

  2. Sabrina says:

    WAHOO! Congrats – but we already knew you were a PRO. 🙂
    I can’t wait to finish my first and even join RWA!

  3. Marnee says:

    Congrats on the PRO status! It’s a big step and a great accomplishment. You should be proud. 🙂

  4. CynthiaDAlba says:

    Congratulations Terri! Welcome to PRO. So sorry you’ll be missing Nationals in NYC this month. But I hear M&M is an incredible conference.
    Good luck with your writing

  5. Terri Osburn says:

    Thanks, Carrie. I like the sound of Dame Terri. LOL!
    I’m living proof it can be done, Sabrina. And you’re closer than ever!
    I am proud, Marn, thanks. One of my springtime goals was to get a rejection. And I did it! LOL!
    Thank you, Cynthia! I so wanted to be in NYC but just couldn’t do it. Hopefully, this is the last Nationals I have to skip. And I am looking forward to the smaller, more relaxed conference in Atlanta. I’m hoping the recovery time is quicker. 🙂

  6. I’m glad that rejection has finally been turned into a GOOD thing. 🙂 Congrats again on getting to the next step, which will take you to the next one, and the next one. . .all the way to the top!

  7. Terri Osburn says:

    I know, Donna. I never thought I’d be hoping for a rejection. LOL! But I knew it was a necessary step. Of course, it would have been nice to skip PRO and go straight to PAN, I’m thankfully not that delusional.

  8. Congrats on your next step forward. Feels good, huh? 🙂

  9. Janga says:

    Yay! It’s official! Congrats, Terri! I always knew you could do it. I know PRO is just one more step on your journey toward your goal.

  10. Terri Osburn says:

    It does, thanks, Maria. All that work on the query paid off. Even if it the payoff was a rejection. 🙂
    Oddly, this makes me want the next step even more.

  11. Terri Osburn says:

    Thanks, Janga. I told someone this morning this was 5yrs in the making and in that time, 5 friends became multi-published. I feel like I’ve just graduated Kindergarten, but I’ll take the promotion.

  12. I’m taking your pin if you get it… Okay, I’ll write and nag them again about how I never got mine…
    Congrats, Terrio! Now you’re in the dance hall!

  13. Terri Osburn says:

    Don’t even be reaching for my pin. You’ll pull back a bloody stump.
    Send that email. Or better yet, call!

  14. Stephanie St.Clair says:

    Congrats, Terri!
    That’s great news. 🙂

  15. Terri Osburn says:

    Thank you, Stephanie! And thanks for swinging by!

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