Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I share this post with complete understanding of the possible outcomes.

I made a commitment, wise or foolish, to try, whenever possible, to transparently share about the writing and publishing experience. And I've been struggling along in this endeavor for a decade. During that time, I've gotten some great outcomes and some heartbreaking disappointments. So whenever I share potential good news, I do it with the full understanding that, at any time, that good news could turn to, ahhh, crap.

That said, today I received an astonishingly hopeful email from Editor X at the Penguin Young Readers Group. Like all the good emails, it was sent to me from my agent, the esteemed Abigail Samoun. The email read as follows:

Hi Abi, 

I just finished the new draft of SETH. I love it! The changes Tom made are just what the story needed. I’d honestly forgotten how good it is. I was sad to turn that last page.
I think it’s ready to show my publisher. He’s pretty busy, though, so it may be a couple of weeks before he can get to it. Are you still shopping it around? If you get any interest, let me know, and I’ll light a fire under his butt.
Hope you had a great holiday. I’m counting on 2013 being The Year of Seth.

Then Editor X signed his or her name and Abigail, in her note to me, made some comments about biting her fingernails.

So there you have it.