Now, firstly, the important stuff. Is ‘longlist’ even a real word? Every spellchecker I use says ‘no’ (but they also say spellchecker’ isn’t a word either). It’s certainly annoying when planning the Tower Hamlets Book Award and every letter I write about the longlist or shortlist is apparently littered with spelling mistakes.
Anyway, I’m feeling rather intimidated by being chosen for the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices longlist, but with a buzzing of intense excitement.
For a start, 2 months ago I declared that after about 17 years, I was fed up with constant rejection letters and was packing in further attempts to get properly published.
I’ll be rethinking this decision. Even if I don’t make it past the longlist (long list?), I’m sure this shows that there’s the possibility that someone likes my work?