Monthly Archives: December 2012

Catching Up

Haven’t written in a while.  I bet you’re all waiting on the edge of your seats to find out what’s new and different in my life.  Good news, everyone!  I won’t keep you waiting any longer.

First, as of December 24, 2012, I am 22 years old.  Wooooo….

Second, as of December 18, 2012, I am done with my internship.  However, I am not done with my boss, because also as of December 18, 2012, she has agreed to represent me.  So I have an agent who is going to help me sell Hellbound.  WOOOOO!

For the record, my book finally getting representation does have a lot to do with the fact that I worked for this woman.  BUT, my boss would not have represented me if she thought my book was sub par.  I would know – She has read and rejected her own interns’ work while I was working for her.  I don’t want to toot my own horn…

Blowing own Horn

…but Hellbound is written pretty well, so I’m glad that she recognized this.

So I have an agent who likes my work.  Does this mean that Hellbound is now officially going to get published absolutely yes no doubt about it?  Unfortunately, no.  Part of this blog is about you guys following me on my path to getting published, so I decided to share with you more about the process.  What I have just embarked on is an even longer journey than the actual “writing the book” part, and the road is still paved with rejection.

Let’s say you’re a writer.  For the purposes of this exercise, you are a clown.

Clown Again

Actually, let’s say you’re a clown who has written a book.

Clown with Book

Now, you want to get your book published.  There are a lot of people out there that your book has to impress before that can happen.  There’s your agent…

Clown with Agent

If the agent likes it, he or she will pitch your book to an editor…

Clown with Agent and editor

If the editor likes it, he or she will pitch your book to the editorial staff + whoever the editorial staff reports to.  They are represented here by an amorphous blob of rejection, sometimes known as the Rejection Amoeba.

Clown with Agent and editor and amoeba

If any of these people or Amoebas say no to your book, back to you it goes.  All the way down the line.  And you’re back to being a sad clown with a book, standing on square one and wondering if maybe you should have stuck to making balloon animals at birthday parties.

Depressing as that sounds, I am really happy to have an agent.  It means I am on my way.  I will give you the details of the process as it continues, because I know this is just as important to you as it is to me.  And who knows?  Maybe one day I’ll give away signed copies to all my blog followers.  And by “give away” I mean “Sell at maybe a discounted price.”  Hey, authors need to eat, too.

Comic!  I gave up on trying to write comprehensibly.  You’re welcome! (Click to enlarge)

Writer's Block Strip 7

Word of the Day: Sycophant (n) – a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

P.S. I haven’t forgotten about the fact that I mentioned writing my own comprehensive list of advice for writers.  I’ll get around to it eventually.  It’s harder than it seems.



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Cold Days

So I bought the newest installment of The Dresden Files a couple days ago.  It’s called Cold Days.  I’ve finished it now.  Here is what I have to say:

Oh my GOD I love Jim Butcher so much.  His books are like my crack.  I think.  I mean I’ve never been on crack, but if I were, I don’t think it would be nearly as exciting as reading one of his books.  Harry Dresden(‘s dog) is my favorite character in fiction ever!  I’m a fan girl.  Sad but true.

Also there were three typos:

1. “His” was written instead of “He.”  “His turned his golden eyes away…” (Cold Days, 15).

2. “Courtesy” was written instead of “Curtsy.”  (Not 100% sure about this one.  The line is “‘Lord Gruff,’ she said, giving him a courtesy that somehow seemed natural” (Cold Days, 35).  I mean…the “courtesy” bit could be referring to her calling him “Lord” or something, but it makes more sense with “curtsy” in there, doesn’t it?)

3. There is a character named Butters, but the possessive form of his name was written “Butter’s.”  It happened just once, so don’t ask me to remember what page it was on.  It’s not like I took notes.

I’m not saying I would have caught those mistakes if I were Jim Butcher’s editor.  I mean…those people are really busy, I imagine, and they don’t have time to go over every single page with a fine-toothed comb.  All I’m saying is that when I finally get my book published, the first typo I see is going to be my undoing.  I’m gonna be like “NOOOOOOOO!!!  My world is over!”  And maybe I’ll tear off my shirt or turn to vigilante superheroism or something to make up for it.

No comic today because I am lazy.

Words of the Day: Courtesy (n) – Excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
Curtsy (n) – a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.

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