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Send Full Manuscript…music to my ears. July 10, 2011

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I held out on you my dear readers, but I needed time to let it marinate.

You all know I’ve been worked like a mad-woman on my revisions for Life as a Teenage Mutant. I finished last week and promptly sent out a query letter to my first pick agent with sample chapters attached. That was Monday. On Friday afternoon, life got better. I got an email with those three words that make life worthwhile.

“I love you.”

Okay, it wasn’t actually those words. It was “send full manuscript”, but to a writer, that does say I love you. At least I love you a little, or right now, or I have the potential to love you. To say I was giddy is an understatement. If it wasn’t enough that I had my bags packed for the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop, this news put me over the edge. I was a ball of nerves. Quite honestly, when I replied to the email and had to hit send, I almost threw up. It was that unsettling. But glorious.

So I came to Humber giddy as a school girl and have been fluttering around here ever since. It was a great day yesterday, and another great one today. I guess if I had to pick one moment that stood out more than the rest though, it was lunch. No, they didn’t serve chocolate covered chocolate. I sat down to chat with an agent and had a great discussion about the direction of Young Adult fiction and the evolution of a writer from dreamer to worker. She asked a lot about my work, and there is nothing better than talking about your novel – unless it’s talking about your novel to an agent! Oh, yes…I almost forgot – she said she’d like to read my stuff. I assumed a few chapters, because that seems to be step one in this business (actually query is step one, chapter samples is step two). When I confirmed and said -“Three or four chapters then?” she made my day. She said she loved me. No – she didn’t, but she did say “send full manuscript”. Can I hear a hallelujah?

So now I have a new high – two agents in one week. Pretty amazing and I’m trying to just focus on the good of it – the high. Except sending a full manuscript is much like disrobing. Not totally of course, that comes when you actually get published and have your work out there for the whole world to see. Commando style. No – full manuscript is sort of like taking off your shirt and bra. Exposed from the waist up.

You can bite your nails right along with me – agents are piled high with reading material and authors waiting to be discovered, so I hope to hear back soon, but imagine it might take a while to get the news either way. Until then, I just have to stand here, hands to the sky and boobs to the floor, and hope they like what they see.

It’s times like this I wish I were an A-cup.