The milestones in a writer’s life often happen quietly. Seeing your byline on that first published article or poem or short story. Cashing that first check. That first time a newspaper or magazine editor calls and asks you to write an article because he saw something else you wrote. Getting a full-time job as a journalist or technical writer. The thrill of reading an email from an agent asking for the full manuscript. Holding the first copy of your novel feels like holding your first-born. Earning the first royalty check. Receiving a pin in the mail.

Today, one of those milestones occurred. I have been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2010. This fine organization has different membership levels. The first level is general member. After a few years, I earned PRO membership, which meant I was seriously working toward publication by submitting my queries and manuscript to agents and publishers. I taught workshops on dialogue and actively served in two chapters of the RWA. A sweet lady at RWA, Carol Ritter, walked me through the process to apply for the PAN status. I’ve already warned her that she’s getting a big hug at the RWA conference this summer!

The latest milestone is a PAN pin. I received my little gold pin that means I’m part of the Published Author Network of RWA. I think I heard Handel’s “Messiah” playing when I opened the box. The pin even has a little bling, a sparkle in the middle. Yes, I am in my sparkle phase. When Handsome arrived home from work, he reacted to the pin with a hug and “congratulations.” Okay, it isn’t a Pulitzer, or a big fat royalty check, but it marks a big leap of progress in this new author’s life. So I’m gonna celebrate.

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