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In which I'm a little let down

Okay, I didn't expect to actually sell my book to the first publisher I sent it to, but it's STILL a bit of a letdown to get the rejection slip (even a nicely-worded, personalized one). *sigh* I would like to really thank nutmeg3 for the assistance, though. It was muchly appreciated! Ho, forth to the next hurdle.

In the meantime, nothing new on the writing front.

I have jury duty tomorrow. Yay. [/sarcasm] There are five people out at my office already. I'm sure they'll just LOVE me tomorrow! (hee hee)

I gained a few (okay, more than a few) pounds the last week - oops. I have to be more careful. Still a week left of the holidays, though!

Oh, yeah! Christmas haul: Mom gave me some shirts, a Fossil wallet, and some cash; from my lovely S.O. I received a Cuisinart food processor (the 11-cup one, to replace the old $5 one we got at a yard sale that finally bit the big one this year), a washable suede jacket (which, coincidentally enough, matches the shirts Mom sent me pretty perfectly), and the first season of Animaniacs. The in-laws sent several books (including the Ninth Doctor Who Shooting Scripts), Barb's mom got me a Blue Willow hatpin holder (with several antique hatpins) and got us both a set of Waterford Crystal champagne flutes. Gift-giving not finished yet, as we exchange gifts with sillymagpie traditionally on New Year's Eve.

Menu: We had a peach jam-glazed ham, mashed potatoes w/cheese, gravy, yams, green beans w/bacon, and a fennel/apple slaw with a mustard vinaigrette that was quite tasty. Then there was a blackberry pie (rahirah) and a pumpkin pie (me). I took sillymagpie's advice and tried the Joy of Cooking's pastry crust, and for the first time I was able to make a light, flaky crust that DIDN'T collapse and break into a million pieces when I transferred it to the pan! Yay, me! It's really the best pumpkin pie I think I've ever made.

So, a little let down, but on the whole... things aren't too bad, I suppose.

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doll_paparazzi
Dec. 27th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Don't worry, Kats! There are MANY other publishers. Screw that other publisher! They have no taste and don't know what they are missing out on. Remember JK Rowling went through like 6 publishers or something like that before Scholistic took her on and the other ones are KICKING themselves for it. :)

Just.keep.going!

And yeay for flaky crusts! Even though they are TEH ebil.
wildrider
Dec. 27th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, I will!
nutmeg3
Dec. 27th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
:-( I'm sorry the book didn't work out, but there will be the right house for it. It's just a pain to have to go through the process. But hurray for the very nice Christmas haul, though.
wildrider
Dec. 27th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
I just wish I'd managed to light a fire under myself when I was younger. I now have a book I believe in but LORD, I'm so hard-pressed to market myself! I just want to find an audience to share my little world with, that's all...

I'll keep at it!
nutmeg3
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Believe me, I know how you feel. Why didn't I start actively trying to sell a script 20 years ago when I first started writing the damn things? But you've taken the first step and survived, so go team you. I can't say it will get easier, but at least now there will be fewer surprises along the way.
wildrider
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
If I'd only just kept on going after my FIRST rejection slip! (Way back in college - one magazine said "no," and I never submitted again!)

It's just trying to figure out where to go and how to get there...!
cornerofmadness
Dec. 27th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
all right you and I are now armed with cuisanarts! SOunds like a great haul


And sadly the rejection doesn't get any easier as you go. I was just thinking about redoing my synopsis again given some things I have learned through the process. Best of luck next time. (also reminds me to fix that one thing in my short story and get it out there. Haven't sold any in a while)
wildrider
Dec. 27th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Yay Cuisinart!

I should work on the short story (ies) and see if I can get it workable/sellable; I haven't been writing anything in the past few months. The gears have to shift now back toward the dread "marketing."
cornerofmadness
Dec. 27th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I can't find the motivation to redo that synopsis. After nearly getting taken by an unscruplous agent two years ago right around this time I lost heart. Haven't been able to find it since
wildrider
Dec. 27th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
I've never dealt with an agent, and suddenly find another reason not to. I understand losing heart; that happened some years back after a hard drive crash lost all my works-in-progress - a technological betrayal, I suppose! I couldn't write for a long time, anyway. Good luck in getting the heart back!
cornerofmadness
Dec. 27th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
thanks. The hard drive thing happened to me too. Gutting. Sadly most book publishers won't look at unagented work period. And finding an agent seems to be like looking for the holy grail. But possible. A daughter of a friend of mine is working on book #2 (moschus on my list)
wildrider
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
That's what I thought. I was lucky to get someone to look at it at all, I know that much!
cornerofmadness
Dec. 28th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
exactly and if you get even luckier you might have gotten a hint or two on what to do next time
sillymagpie
Dec. 27th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Cuisinart and Animaniacs! Good going!

I told you that the Joy of Cooking pastry was foolproof. I recommended it to a coworker, and her three-year-old daughter was able to roll (and reroll and reroll) the pastry without ruining it. I "heart" that recipe!
wildrider
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Is mighty good!
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