I Am a Columnist for Writing Magazine!

Dear wonderful blog friends,

This is such a special moment that I haven't known how or when to write it. Those of you who were with me through the hypothermia and malnutrition; the nearly-but-not-quite column disappointment; Dad's aneurysm and coma; and all the other trials and tribs will know how significant this moment is. I'm a columnist. An actual one. I get to write things in a magazine every single month this year. It is bliss.

The article I wrote for Writing Magazine went down SO well that it pretty much floored me. I hoped I'd done a passable job, but the feedback was astounding. In this month's magazine (in which I'm not featured - my column starts next issue) there was even a letter to the Editor about me! This is just beyond my dreams, somewhere in the clouds of writerly hope. I still can't quite believe it. Seeing my dear friend Brian Knight in the magazine with me was such a thrill too. Dear Brian was the first person I really connected with in the blogging community. He took me under his wing and showed me the ropes, even though he was a newbie himself. What a trooper! There we both were in a national magazine. Wow!

The best thing, though, wasn't going into WHSmith, buying the magazine, and telling the person behind the counter that I was in it - although that was pretty awesome: she was so obviously a word nerd - the best bit has been reading the tweets from people saying they've joined Twitter because of me, or reading their DMs about what has happened to them in their first weeks and how it has opened things up for them as writers. That's just fab. My next article will be about building marketing funnels: the nuts and bolts of the business side of writing. I have a couple of stupendous contributors for that article. You wait! Well, the deadline is Monday, and I still have some editing to do, so I'd better scoot. Just wanted to share this with you all and also say 'Happy Valentine's Weekend' because ... y'know ... I love you guys. *Blushes*

Oodles and oodles of love,


Anonymous –   – (11 February 2011 at 21:36)  

Brilliant! I subscribe to that magazine and it was a really good piece. I shall look forward to reading your upcoming columns! I've just had two more articles commissioned and I still love the thrill of seeing the words in print. Would love a column...

Rebecca Woodhead  – (11 February 2011 at 21:54)  

Thank you. It's a dream come true. Something I've yearned to do for more years than I can count.

Anonymous –   – (11 February 2011 at 22:40)  

I smile every time I see, read or hear about your success that has been hard fought for. I truly remember that first day we connected through the blog. It is amazing to see how far this journey has gone. It was an honor and pleasure appearing in an article with you. I hope that the opportunity will present itself again in the future. Keep up the great work.

Charlie  – (11 February 2011 at 23:41)  

You're a writer now (please read the first three words aloud a few times - I'll wait.) because you're an intelligent woman with something relevant to add to the mix. Don't doubt your abilities or sell yourself short. You have arrived. You're building your platform every day, your fan base is growing, and you deserve every bit of of the recognition. I can clearly see your interview-based television program beginning soon. It is going to happen. Enjoy the ride!

Charlie  – (11 February 2011 at 23:43)  

...this way the favorable quote on the back of my novel will be much more impressive! :Þ

Rebecca Woodhead  – (12 February 2011 at 00:58)  

Brian and Charlie. You are so wonderful.

Brian, I remember that too. I was so shy, I didn't use my name and I hid behind a postbox. It's still on the blog, that postbox! Thank you for all your help, support and common sense.

Charlie. Thank you. There's only probably 10 or so people who've been there all along. Do you remember when I took to Twitter for the first time? None of us were over there, and everyone thought it was loopy. Now we're all over social networks like digital troubadours. You were the first to follow on my first 'branch out' into a new blog. I remember that. You know you can come to me for a quote. :)

Angie Ledbetter  – (12 February 2011 at 13:42)  

Yayyyyyy! Been pulling for you. Bigger and better things to come. Congrats, friend! :)

Rebecca Woodhead  – (12 February 2011 at 15:27)  

Thank you Angie. Of course, you're another of the original gang who mean so much and have been so supportive - even though you insist on calling me Ms Brit Twit :o)

You don't know how many times I could easily have thrown in the towel over the last couple of years without you three. THANK YOU!!! xxxx

Beau~Jensen  – (21 February 2011 at 22:08)  

Just saw this! Most excellent! xXx~oOo!

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