Have I made progress? I guess that is to be determined. I have been writing and reading a lot. I have been reading a lot of my favorite authors as well as a slew of industry books. As mentioned before, I have finished my memoir and have submitted it to a publishing house for consideration. Recently I wrestled against everything holy that is within me and birthed a query letter over a grand total of six hours. I honestly think giving birth was easier. – Giving birth at least involved drugs. LEGAL ONES!!
Finally, I got the query letter to the point where I felt like it embodied what I wanted it to say, while being sure to show my personality and writing voice and I entered in the email contact info and pressed SEND. (insert sarcasm here if you would like.) See, I KNEW those industry books would come in handy one day.
Over the past couple of days I have had a raging case of insomnia. Last night was no exception. I was already so highly strung out over trying to get the query letter done I decided to take two DOCTOR PRESCRIBED Ativan. These are what I like to call velvet hammers. They are kind of like a Valium. They shut down the mind from raging and calm down everything to allow one to relax and drift into a sweet sleep. I popped two of those bad boys, to ensure I would NOT be having another sleepless night and laid down. Five minutes passed. I wasn’t getting sleepy. I started replaying the last six hours over in my head. THEN.. I did what every good writer would do. I laid in the dark-and picked up my iphone.
I pressed the little icon that would open my email. I decided I would re read the query letter that I had sent off to the agent HOURS earlier.
Laying there in the dark, reading the SENT email…I got to the point where I had typed the agents name…and I threw my hand over my mouth. I did this so I would not wake my sleeping husband up beside me with the scream of curse words I was stifling with said hand.
I MISSPELLED THE AGENTS LAST NAME!!!!!! Seriously??? #$%^&*()_+)(*&^%$#@!@#$%^&*()_+)(*&^%$#@!@#$%^&*()_+_)(*&^%$#@#$%^&*()_+_)(*&^%$#@#$%^&*()_+_)(*&^%$#@#$%^&*()__)(*&^%$%^&*()_!!!
I MISSPELLED THE LAST NAME!
How does that happen???
I read it, re read it, had a friend read it. I read it to myself, I read it out loud. I read it long distance- over the phone to my mother. All the while I never caught the FATAL mistake that I had made.
Okay, okay- for all of you mercy hearted readers, I can hear you now. “It was an honest mistake. No big deal. You just move on. There is nothing you can do now. Heck! The agent may not even realize it.” TRUST Me… I would lay down money that the agent WILL realize it! Here is where the plot thickens…
Remember when I mentioned that I had recently submitted my memoir in for consideration? Well…At first I sent it in as a partial. Meaning, I filled out the online proposal questionnaire and attached the first three sample chapters- as they had requested. ALL was well.
A few days later I received an email from an editor of that publishing house asking for me to send my completed manuscript. I was flattered and frightened and nervous and it took me a full 24 hours to send back the manuscript to her -to the email she had requested it to go. I thought I would be professional and copy her on it as well. I MISSPELLED HER LAST NAME TOO!!!
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
It’s like I am subconsciously trying to become the writing bandit who misspells important industry people’s last names as some sort of sinister trademark. Bwahahahahahahahaha.
Seriously. That is not my goal.
I have got to slow down, chill out and relax. I would like to make a name for myself in the publishing industry but THIS is NOT how I would like to do it.
I have another writing piece floating out there as well in consideration land. It’s a piece I recently wrote as an interview to be a staff writer for a very well known on line community that has been around for 15 years. WHO KNOWS what I misspelled on that one! At least for that piece I had a friend, who I affectionately call the grammar Nazi, look over it before it was submitted.
Although my journey is just now starting…I think I need to hire an full time editor now. WHY?
Because you just never know what I might misspell next!
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones!” Proverbs 17:22
Until next time- I promise to keep me edited and you updated, as the journey continues.
See ya on the Random Side,