Have you seen my 4000 words? Brief description: 4000 witty, pithy, lush, world-building, and heartbreakingly beautiful, English words. Entire manuscript is bereft and cannot be submitted without them. Last seen…ok, never seen… I haven’t written them yet. If found, don’t bother calling. I can’t find my phone, either.
So, in order to query this editor, he wants THREE COMP TITLES. And not just any three—three published in the last five years. This means ‘no go’ to my go-to comps (Sherlock Holmes meets The Three Bears*).
From this experience I’ve learned three very important things: (1). There were thousands of Middle Grade books, many of them mysteries, published in the last five years. (2) Quite a few are moving, beautiful, meaningful prose. (3) Most of them I’ve never heard of, and it’s likely that nobody else has either, and they might be terrific, anyway.
Any other writers find this as depressing as I do?**
**Nothing a few dozen lattes can’t cure.
This is my son. Not Tiki Barber. The other one. I believe getting your own GIF is akin to stardom
The two women behind me in my writing spot use these words separately or together at least three times a sentence.* One of them says, “The PhD life is pretty chill.” Note to nameless PhD program: time to raise your standards.
*Yeah, I counted.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from visiting the Manuscript Wish List, it’s that many agents’ first names begin with “S.”*
*I’ve learned heaps of other things, of course, but as much of it increases my writer’s angst and insecurity levels, I’ll stick with the alphabet.
- Get an agent
- Get at least one “Revise and resubmit” request from an editor. (Yeah “I’m dying to publish this” would be preferable, but baby steps, right?)
- Organize my silverware drawer
For anybody who’s been wondering why I haven’t posted in, like, forever, let’s just say it involved a lot of time in Sausalito and not in a good way*, and although it’s a very beautiful town (see photo) with lot’s of great restaurants and nice people, I hope I never see it again.
*Didn’t involve prison time or abduction