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Sunday is for writers around these parts!

Wow. Yesterday was a bit of a trip, to channel 1975.

I discovered that my iPod has been stolen, along with seven years of painstakingly organised music and some favourites I suppose I can buy again someday when disposable income isn’t just for Mitt Romney. Until then, I have literally nothing. This right here is the major bummer of the digital age — you lose an iPod or a Kindle, and FIZZLE-FIZZLE-POOF.

Backtrack to yesterday morning, and sometime around 8:30 I had a dream that I got a rejection on my full manuscript from an agent I really like. Are you right now thinking to yourself that I was a bit precognitive? Well, upgrade it to psychic, because I got home last night after a very long work shift to find said rejection in my inbox. As far as rejections go, it was about as nice as humanly possible. She took the time to write me a personal letter instead of sending a form (which is her norm). She said some very, very nice things about my writing and my concept, but said she didn’t click with the voice.

This is the part where all writers learn The Big Subjectivity Lesson. And it gives me hope for a number of reasons.

You can have a killer concept, great writing, and a snazzy personality and still get many, many rejections. Look how many Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone garnered — I believe it was upwards of 40. This isn’t to say Shrike is the next one of those, because saying that would be like saying my little apple is the next pomegranate, but it’s true that many successful books (most) slice through hordes of agents and editors before finding publication.

The second hopeful bit was that this particular agent said she would love to consider my next project if Shrike doesn’t land me an agent. This is twofold hopeful. One, she thought my writing was strong enough that she would actively welcome reading my work again — and agents don’t throw that around willy-nilly. Two, she’s certainly not rejecting me. She’s passing on a particular project.

And the third hopeful bit — yes, I managed to scrape a bunch of hope out of a rather short, two paragraph email — is that this is just one opinion. I had this weird thought last week that I was out of agents to query. I don’t know where that delusion came from, but it’s silly-wrong. I still have a few killer agents considering my full manuscript. One asked for revisions last month, which is not only a very good sign, but her suggestions were helpful and spot on.

I guess it’s easy-ish to be hopeful when it’s the first pass on a full manuscript. It will probably get a lot less easy when that number gets bigger and time just starts slipping away. But for now, I’ll hold onto Mama Hope’s apron strings. Both agents to finish reading my full manuscript have seen the potential in it. Both loved the concept and the writing. That is something to celebrate.

Look out, New York. I’m coming for you. In a loving, fangirly sort of way.

No Sunday would be complete without ending with a sappy song.

So here it is, my love song to New York publishing:

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Author | Emmie Comments | 8 Date | November 11, 2012

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Emma

Emmie, that’s a great response from an agent. Congrats. She saw potential in your words.
Sorry to hear about your iPod.

November 11, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Emmie Mears

    Thanks on both counts. The iPod I’m really upset about, because one of my coworkers must have stolen it. That just feels…violating. The staff at my restaurant is really close-knit, and I’ve heard of a couple thefts lately. It’s quite upsetting when I can’t think of anyone who might do it — which means someone I trust did it.

    November 11, 2012 | 11:52 am

tmso

Yeah, bummer about the ipod, and the rejection.

But, as you said, it is just one among many that will pave the way to publication. I know you’ll get there. And those *are* hopeful comments! She said she’d read more. That’s amazing. Good luck with your continued search.

November 11, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Emmie Mears

    Thank you! Also, I did get your email — this week has been busy at work. But I’ll have your feedback to you by mid-December!

    November 12, 2012 | 10:53 am

      tmso

      Take your time. There is no rush. Concentrate on your own work. 🙂

      November 12, 2012 | 11:16 am

Elizabeth Fais

That she took the time to give you a personal response AND consider your next project is HUGE! Every “No” is one step closer to “Yes!” You’ll get there!

November 11, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    Emmie Mears

    Yeah, I was very surprised and flattered that she did that. So far the full has garnered one R&R (which is tremendous) and one “show me your next book,” so I feel really good about it.

    November 12, 2012 | 10:52 am

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