Sunday, June 25, 2006

Good News/Bad News

Good News: Everyone I talked to this weekend (by everyone, I mean agents) asked for me to go ahead and send my proposal packages to them. Proposal packages include a query letter, synopsis, and first two/three chapters or so.

Bad News: I don't have said proposal packages....yet.

Good News: Repeat: I did make connections with very receptive and friendly potential agents.

Bad News: They all said I need to finish my book before sending them anything.

Good News: The editor that I had a consultation session with wanted me to pitch my book to her.

Bad News: I didn't know how to pitch, and could only babble and beg her to look at my first page.

Good News: She read my first page very attentively and then said, "The good news is that this is great."

Bad News: She went on to say, "The bad news is that I can't use it. The imprint of my publishing house is looking to acquire young adult fiction that is multi-cultural."

Good News: She said some other highly positive things that I will remember when I get rejection letters in the near future.

More Good News: I ran into a friend who used to work at Dobie, and she is also working on young adult fiction. We plan to hook up soon to share work.

Even More Good News: I learned so much and feel motivated to work toward my goal of finishing this summer, ideally END OF JULY. That way I can send my proposals to agents I met in a timely manner.

You may notice that in the end, I have more Good News than Bad News.
That is the good news.


e said...

i'm very proud of cool! can't wait to hear about it this weekend!

amy said...

Thanks, girl. Can't wait to see you this weekend!
P.S. I have your CDs ready & waiting for you.

brad said...

amy, your good news is GREAT! and it is totally fab-oo-lus but not at all unexpected. you just don't get that kind of feedback unless an editor means it. period. i am so happy for you, and so proud of you for moving ahead, even in the midst of never having done some stuff before (like packages, pitches, and such like). you'll pick it up...

p.s. hope you get to make cosmos to celebrate! and, umm, perhaps dr. nate will make the world renowned smoked gouda and chipotle pasta, and/or creme broule or other such fine foodery!

amy said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Brad. From one writer to another, it is appreciated. I'll keep you up to date as things progress.

e said...

this has nothing to do with you good news...but i don't seem to have your

i don't know what you are doing for workouts...but i'd like to join you when we are in town this weekend...i, too, have made a commitment to myself to move...e

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