Tuesday, April 28, 2009

*GASP*


Not five minutes ago, I sent e-mails to two editors at two of the big-name houses in romance publishing.

Gulp. Gasp. Heart attack.

All fall-out from the Princeton conference. Let me tell you, it is vastly easier to meet editors in an academic setting versus a wanna-be writers' convention. As one of them told me, "I don't have to worry here that if I mention I like Italy, I'll get 20,000 Italian-set mss in the mail."

They gave me their cards, and so I wrote. I don't feel ready. I'd like to rework Then Comes Marriage from top to bottom before showing it to anyone. I'd like to finish All the Things You Are, the new contemporary romance ms I started a few weeks ago, before reaching out to potential publishers.

But...fate puts opportunities in our paths. If I hesitate, I might lose momentum. If I dither for weeks, they could forget all about me.

It was easier to meet editors at an academic conference. We'll see if it's any easier to sell to them.

Gulp.

6 comments:

Christine said...

Best of luck and thanks for the tip!

Kate Diamond said...

I am so proud of you!

I guess at academic conferences there's not so much slipping of manuscripts under bathroom stalls...

... Opportunity is knocking. Let me help you answer the door! I'll email you off list.

You rule. Can't wait to hear more about the conference.

Seneca said...

Good luck! :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Lol, love that photo. Hope you hear good things back really soon!

Anna Richland said...

How nervous-great for you. I'm glad you took the chance after the conference. I met my husband in Princeton, many years ago, so I know great romances can begin there -- I hope you'll get lucky too!

Carolyn Crane (aka Carolyn Jean) said...

Oooh, but how exciting! Fingers crossed.