Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I just re-queried an agent who'd requested the full manuscript a couple of years ago, and who'd asked me to keep her in mind if I did any rewriting. Yesterday, the good old US Postal Service brought this: We greatly enjoyed the first 50 pages of your manuscript and are hoping to read more. Please send the full manuscript.

And guess what! The rest of the book is much stronger than the first fifty pages. I think. I don't even mind the two rejections I also received yesterday.

Off to the post office!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oh No

Back from a relaxing and rejuvenating two weeks in Spain, one as a volunteer in an English immersion program for Spaniards, the second getting lost in scary mountain passes, drinking lots of Mallorcan sparkling wine and reveling in the warmth of the Mediterranean.

Before I left, I'd queried my dream agent on the book. He replied three hours later - on a Sunday no less - that it wasn't "up his alley" but would forward it on to his "fabulous" colleague. Disappointing, but at least he didn't reject me outright. Agents aren't in the niceness business; if he'd hated it he'd just have passed. Right?

Guess I'm not fabulous enough, since she never contacted me. So...back to the grind of sending out queries to brand new agents. Four today.

Maybe I need a new medium. Lots of ideas brewing for screenplay. Will think about it tomorrow.