A Published Writer? Who? Me?

When I was encouraged to start writing my blog nearly two years ago, I honestly didn’t think I was good enough.

Good enough to write. Good enough for people to want to read. Good enough in how I looked. Good enough for anyone.

Yet, thanks to some amazing Plus Size Bloggers, I decided to give it a go. After all my motto had recently become “What is the worst that could happen?”

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My first ever blog post

Well, in this case the worst thing would be if no-one read the blog. But even then, it would be a diary for me to see in years to come and if the blog fizzled out, nothing was lost.

Obviously the worst didn’t happen because here we are nearly two years later and the blog is still going. I have won a Curvee Award for Best New Blog. I am in the final six for Best Plus Size Blog in the British Plus Size Awards and my blog and vintage style are up for two awards in the Marvelette Awards.

All because a couple of lovely bloggers told me to go for it! Those bloggers were Frivolous Mrs D (Now Frivolous Mama) and LeahXL and they changed my life more than they can ever know.

So, onto my latest adventure which was one I never expected to happen!

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Part of my collection!

I have been a reader of Vintage Life magazine for a couple of years and love the articles and fashions inside. I was even featured in one edition in the “My Style” Section where I had to show my five favourite outfits. It was a real honour and about the only time I ever thought I would be in such a wonderful magazine.

Well all that has changed now! How so? I hear you ask.

About two months ago I saw a posting on the Vintage Life page looking for new writers as the magazine was having a massive relaunch. They were looking for people to submit articles and again I thought “What is the worse that can happen”

I submitted a proposal talking about Plus Size and the rise of popularity within the Vintage Life and style. I kept my fingers crossed and my lips sealed.

Imagine my surprise two weeks later when I was added to a group conversation with the Editor and Sub-Editor, the lovely Rachel Evans and Haili-Leanne Hughes. Did this mean I was successful?

Chatting away with the lovely ladies, deadlines for articles were given and we had to propose what we would like to write about. Now I was about to head off to Twinwood and had many a discussion in the past with other plus size lovelies who wanted to wear real vintage but just couldn’t get their hands on it. Would that make an interesting read for the Vintage Life crowd?

Deciding to go with the idea, I pitched it to Haili-Leanne. The idea being that if you could find Plus Size original Vintage anywhere, then surely Twinwood would have it?

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Rae, The Lovely Vintage Life Editor in Chief

Off I went to Twinwood and started my search. If I was unsuccessful, then potentially I might not have an article at all. I started to panic a little but knew I had to give it my best shot.

Now, I am very pleased to say that my search was quite successful. I managed to locate clothes, which in turn gave me a clear direction for the blog post. I had the information, I just needed to write the article now.

Because of the dates of Twinwood, it meant I only had around five days to write the article and submit before missing the deadline. I sat myself down with a cup of tea and some Ella Fitzgerald and let my fingers fly across the keyboard.

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First morning at Twinwood

I wrote all my thoughts down, before writing the actual article. A few alterations and I was happy with my writing. I spellchecked it and then sent it off to Haili-Leanne for potential submission.

Now, even though I had submitted my article I still thought it was highly unlikely that it would be featured in the magazine. After all, I am not a qualified writer, haven’t been to University or had anything published before. Again, I didn’t feel good enough to be featured.

I decided to keep it a secret from my family and friends. Apart from a couple of fellow Twinwood goers, (who I had sworn to secrecy) but had recruited to try and source plus size clothes, no-one else knew.

Why didn’t I tell them? Because I was worried about letting them down.

I didn’t want to fail.

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The Wonderful Mickey from Timebomb Vintage

Now you might ask why I would even think that. But it is very easy to answer. Although outwardly I try and portray total confidence in myself, inside I am still lacking in confidence. Whilst I am happy in my shape, size and style , I do not have confidence in my capabilities. I still don’t believe I can achieve the things that I want the most.

And I really want this badly.

I just didn’t want to look foolish in front of my children. I have always tried to teach them that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your dreams. So I didn’t want to tell everyone that I was going to be in a magazine, just in case I didn’t make it.

A few weeks later and Haili-Leanne gave us our next deadline. But I didn’t even know if my first submission was good enough. Did I dare write a second piece?

Again nothing ventured, nothing gained. I wrote a second piece and sent it off. All I could do now was wait.

Less than a fortnight later and I was excited to see a post from Vintage Life Magazine promoting the brand new relaunch. There on the front were the words “Plus Size Fashion” Did that mean my article would be inside?

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The New Look “VIntage Life Magazine”

I knew my hard copy would be posted out soon, as I have a yearly subscription. But I couldn’t wait to find out. I quickly set up an account on Pocketmags and purchased a digital copy for the bargain price of £2.99.

I ignored the index and started looking through the magazine. Each page was a glossy revelation. The articles better than ever, and so many new topics. I was loving ever single page.

Then I hit Page 25. And there It was in full colour. My article “Plight of the Plus Size” was spread over two whole pages.

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My Article! In Print!

I was literally over the moon. I had dreamt of having my writing being published in a National Magazine, and here it was. The first thing I did was to tell my family.

They were surprised to hear that I had applied to write for the magazine and not tell them about it. But they totally understood the reasons. I showed them the electronic copy to start with, but the hard copy will be when it all seems real.

I have to say that being published in such a well known magazine has been the highlight of my year. Who knew that when I started writing my little blog that something so amazing would happen?

Since hitting Forty, every year has got better and better. I genuinely can’t wait for 2017!

Leave a comment

  • Congratulations Tanya! xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey! xx

  • Ekkk that is amazing, how absolutely fantastic – what a great achievement 🙂 x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Sarah xx

  • YAAYYYY I am so happy for you congrats, never doubt yourself because you are amazing and Vintage Life obviously agree x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Aww that is so kind of you Ana xx

  • YAY well done lovely – you can do anything you put your mind to xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t that the truth! xx

  • LaaLaa

    So beautiful and congratulations!! This is freaking amazing, well deserved xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much honey xx

  • Deborah Nicholas

    Yay well done – onwards and upwards!! Good luck with your writing!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Deborah xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    This is amazing! Well done you, I am so chuffed for you it is such a great achievement x

    • Tanya Brannan

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much xx

  • You look amazing!! I dont think for one min your children will think you are foolish!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I was just nervous I guess! They were amazing though xx

  • Ashleigh Day

    You look brilliant! Well done also xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Ashleigh x

  • Wow well done, I’m surprised they didn’t actually tell you it would be featured though. But you should be so proud x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I am really proud. It’s been a great year! x

  • Oh my gosh, congratulations! This should definitely give you confidence in your writing abilities! You definitely have to save that magazine issue.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I have two copies, just in case!! xx

  • Hayley Ann Stewart

    Congrats lady! Well done you 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you sweetheart! xx

  • Joanna

    So happy for u congratulations u should be so proud.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Joanna xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Congrats! Seeing your writing published is such a huge deal. Celebrate it!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really is! I was absolutely chuffed to bits xx

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    How amazing being published in print! Congrats lovely, well deserved xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much sweetheart! xx

  • Francesca Nelson

    Well done!! congratulations you should be super proud!! What a great milestone!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Francesca, I really am xx

  • Laura

    Aw congratulations, you’ve done so well. Seeing your name in print is such an amazing feeling and I’m sure it’ll happen to you so many more times in the future xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Laura, it has been a great year, and I hope for more to come! xx

  • fashion-mommy

    Wow|! That is brilliant, your style is incredible so I’m not surprised they wanted you on board.x

    • Tanya Brannan

      That is so kind of you to say! Thank you x

  • Wow this is major! Congrats. You deserve it.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Stella xx

  • Congratulations! What an achievement.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I couldn’t be more pleased! xx

  • woop congrats! have you got it framed yet? 😀

    • Tanya Brannan

      No, but I have got 2 copies of it saved in my bookcase! xx

  • This is just awesome! A massive congratulations to you. 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Jemma xx

  • Congratulations! It’s always such a thrill to have a byline!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I couldn’t stop grinning when I saw my byline x

  • Kira L Curtis

    This is so amazing! Congratulations! This has made me so happy to hear such great things!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Aww thank you so much Kira! That is so lovely of you to say xx

  • What a fantastic achievement! Massive congratulations and keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey, I intend to keep trying! xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Congratulations!!! That is such an amazing achievement you should be very proud.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I really am Melanie xx

  • Oh this is amazing Tanya, you should be so damn proud of yourself! Vintage Life is such a cool magazine, such an awesome achievement

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Kitty! I was gobsmacked that they liked my writing and couldn’t be more chuffed! xx

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Wow this is such an achievement! Well done!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Harriet xx

  • Mandi

    Well done, it really does go to show nothing ventured, nothing gained, brilliant achievement.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly! I am going to aim for even more next year! xx

  • Things Sarah Loves

    Congratulations! You have done amazingly well. When I first started my blog, I didn’t think I was good enough and sometimes I still don’t but I try to put those thoughts to one side.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is easy to be negative about things, but rarely does the worst happen! xx

  • Congratulations! Great Job!! I was always scared of starting my blog and the first time I quick but the second time I stuck with and I love blogging I just wish I had more time to do it, but you’e doing a great job 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Leslie, It is time consuming and I wish I had more hours in the day. But like you, I love it! X

  • Ayesha Farhad

    major congratulations love! I love how you kept me gripped through the entire post! And i love your answer to everything risky.. ‘whats the worst that could happen?’ kudos love! good luck with your future endeavours!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Ayesha! I hope next year is one of even more adventures! I am going to try at least xx