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I stand before you today a bit embarrassed I haven’t been forced to change my Miss Name yet. When we started this blog at the beginning of the year, I was optimistic and hopeful that 2008 would be my year and I would be at the very least agented by the end of it. Unless something miraculous happens within the next 22 days, that pretty much ain't happin' (but this is the season for miracles, isn’t it?)
And I discovered I’m okay with that. Because it means much better things are probably in store for me in 2009, and that’s a great feeling.
Even though I haven’t been forced to change my Miss Name because of a move onto the next stage of my writing journey, I do think it’s time for a not-so-forced change. Because change is good, right?
So without further ado, here’s some suggestions on a new name for yours truly who has been going by Miss Awaiting an Agent for the past year. Suggestions and thoughts in the comments section would be much appreciated, because you are talking to a girl who decides pretty much everything in her life with a mini-poll or survey.
Who Should Emily Be? Poll
Miss Will Be Repped-- I do like this, because it’s all about positive thinking and willing it to happen. Plus, if you read this fast it sounds like “Will Be Rapped.” (at least in my mind) and I’ve always secretly wanted to be a rap star. If only I didn’t have a problem with singing or talking fast, I would so be E-to-the-M or Miss Em-derstood!
Miss Agent Hunting—this was actually a possibility for last year. Even though the hunting aspect can be scary, because it makes me think of Bambie being shot, I do like that this Miss name implies it’s work and you are out there completing tasks instead of “awaiting an agent,” which sounds like agents frolic in a meadow and come to you.
Miss Ready for Rep—yep, am I ever ready.
Miss Query Widely—I like this because it’s so true, and it’s definitely motivation to get querying more. Plus, if you say it three times fast, it's a tongue twister. And having a name that's a game has always been a dream of mine.
Miss Querylicious—um, yeah, Tina suggested this one. And I like Tina and her love of “licious” words, so I included it. (Okay, who am I kidding? I secretly heart Beyonce and the song Bootylicious, too.)
Miss Revision Queen—I threw this one in there because I think much of my time last year was spend revising and not querying, and I was starting to feel bad that I was Miss Representin' myself and saying I was looking for an agent when I was really still putzing along and working on my manuscripts to make them agent-worthy. And I have a feeling much of this year will be the same.
Especially because several of us on the blog are making January JanNoWriMo (more of which I’m sure we’ll discuss later and invite all of you to join us, because the more people involved the more motivation it is for us to get our butts in gear and type away). Oh, yeah, and I’m also doing the same thing in December. So, yeah, two books written at breakneck speed. I'm so going to need to be a Revision Queen. Maybe I need to buy one of these tiaras to complete the look.
Thanks in advance for your help!
--Emily, Miss ???