Whoot whoot! one more step closer!

Yay for me! My manuscript revisions–which took me about three months to complete and involved reworking practically every damn paragraph in what I now call the BEASTIE–have been accepted by my agent. I think her exact words were ‘excellent and stunning’. Okay, I maybe those weren’t exact words, but they were definitely good ones, which […]

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the perpetual wannabe…

Now that I’m no longer two, I don’t often get chastised—but I did recently.  It happened after I referred to myself as a wannabe writer in an email, to which my friend replied “dude, don’t you think you’re more than that by now?” I don’t. Funny thing is I remember feeling the exact same way […]

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The Great Publishing Hole of Darkness and Death

Publishing a book is no straightforward feat. Thus far in the process, I have  a) produced a manuscript b) secured an agent and am c) still totally full of questions. Yesterday I received an email from said agent acknowledging receipt of my revised manuscript; however, I did not receive any response to my most pressing question: What […]

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Multiple submissions, OCD and peanut butter

If you’ve checked the website of a literary agent or publishing house lately, you may have noticed that most of them make a point to warn prospective authors to expect an exceedingly lengthy response time.   They never say exactly how long, but if you have recently sent off your manuscript, be prepared for endless hours […]

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The Universe Will deliver…more than pizza and Chinese food

Everything that is coming into your life you are attracting into your life.  And it’s attracted to you by virtue of the images you are holding in your head…(The Secret, page 4)” If you haven’t already seen it, The Secret is a documentary film about the power of positive thinking in which most of the interviewees […]

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Dear loser: the joy of the rejection letter

When I was sixteen and selling my face to Japanese marketers, my agent told me not to take rejection personally.  “It’s just a business” she said, “don’t get down if some clients don’t like your look.”  It didn’t work then, either. I received my first proper rejection from a literary agent about a year ago—and […]

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