Tip of the Day: Memorize the last lines in Charlton Heston for some examples of FABulous writing. Nothin' says award-winning like: "Soylent Green is people!"
Some days I need to remind myself of this.
NO -- not what people look like after they are processed into soylent green.
What I need to remind myself is: "Editors is people!" As unbelievable as it might seem, us kidlit writers are not that different from kidlit editors.
But, even knowing that....
As if my spring fever writing laziness wasn't already bad enough, now I know the names of the first round of editors who are reading my book! Ack! Gah! Bah! Names mean ACTUAL PEOPLE have the book! Not just some amorphous "editors" at some "publishing houses" even if they ARE just humans like me.
Welcome to the freaky mind of the Recently Repped whose fab agent has sent out her first subs.
Yes, I am THRILLED with the info, but also more anxious and nervous -- though in a good way. I mean really, it IS all good, but the thoughts and possibilities going through my head right now are huge. All along my writing journey these past three years or so, it's been The Possibilities that have kept me going -- now they just seem closer and more tangible than ever.
When I got my sub list, my writing productivity dropped and my email quotient soared. So did my Googling efforts as I looked up the books these editors bought and the conferences they attended and the interviews they did -- as if that would make a difference in whether or not they want to buy my book.
And hello Deena, you got an agent so you WOULDN'T be spending all this time online researching agents, but alas, my curiosity and the ease of Google as opposed to the difficulty of writing the last two chaps of my novel have made me give in to the stalling. The good news is my agent did free me of the time I would've used to discover which agents at which pub houses to sub to, so really I AM saving time.
Maybe now instead of refreshing my email every few minutes, I need to open my novel's Word document and interject thoughts of "Editors is people!" and remember that I, too, is.
What about you people and your people? Do they like Soylent Green?
Deena, Miss Recently Repped