Celebrating Writer Milestones

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

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Every writer has her own definition of achievements, and most of us celebrate success in different ways. I posed two questions to some of my author buddies. Loved their responses and I think you will too.

What is a writing milestone for you and how do you celebrate?

Lynette Eason – I’m looking forward to my 25th book with Love Inspired Suspense, and I think I’ll celebrate with a box of Kristy Kreme donuts! Or at least just one.

Julie Garmon – Love this question. Every afternoon, if my writing has gone well, I have a cup of coffee and a Peppermint Pattie. I bought myself flowers when I signed with my agent. And Lord have mercy, when (I said WHEN–did you notice?) I get the call about being offered a contract on my debut novel, I’m headed to DiAnn’s to thank her. And I’m taking her to this wonderful Mexican restaurant in Houston!

balloons-154949Edie Melson – When I got my first book contract, I treated myself with new, professional headshots from Mary Denman.

Alycia Morales – I’m looking forward to my first book contract (hopefully in the next few months). I will celebrate by … buying myself a FitBit when I get my first check. (Along with jumping up and down, doing a dance, and making sure at least Lynette and Edie are present when I sign the contract.)

Vonda Skelton – After I got my first advance for the Lies book, I put box-of-cupcakes-1066827_1920away enough to pay for a house cleaning service for 6 months so I could concentrate on writing, not keeping house. It was awesome to be able to remove cleaning house off my To-Do list, except that she’d come to clean and want to talk!!! I had to keep telling her I was sorry, but I couldn’t visit because I had to get this book done! Now I have a wonderful, free housekeeper. His name is Gary (husband). And he comes with benefits.

DiAnn – I measure milestones in snippets. Looking forward to the release of my new series: FBI Task Force. A great writing day leaves me exhausted, thrilled, and wanting dessert. A new contract has me on my knees thanking God. Then I’m wondering how I’ll write the books!
Great sales numbers means the work is worth it. But when I want to really celebrate, a few days away from home with my executive assistant (husband) is a super treat.

Although you may not be a writer, how do you celebrate the milestones of your life? Leave your reply below!

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable DiAnn Mills author photocharacters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.jhcdev.com/diannmills.

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