Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day #582 A Mug of Pencils

What is it about a cup full of pens and pencils? I have one in almost every room of my house. Well, okay, you’re right. I’m a writer. But I don’t need thirty pencils, forty pens, and three big fat erasers for that. One pencil, one notebook (at a time), and one computer keyboard should do it.
Still, I find a certain measure of contentment when I look at those sharpened pencils, propped in an old snowman mug, ready to be picked up and written with. There’s so much possibility there.

And, speaking of possibilities, I just have to share something with you. Friday I sent in a proposal for a three-book mystery series to a New York  agent who had contacted me some months ago. His first email to me said that he thought I’d be the perfect person to write a series he had in mind. He gave me very few details, just one phrase to pique my curiosity. The books, he said, would have a “Scottish flavor.”

Well, knock me over with a bagpipe, I said yes pretty quickly. We’ve been trading emails and chapter drafts for a while, and the proposal is finally ready. Now it’s in his court. He said an editor he’d already talked with was “very interested.” 

What does that mean? Don’t ask me. I haven’t a clue how that part of the publishing industry works. All I know is that I’m pretty excited about the nine chapters I’ve written so far. As time goes on, I’ll share more details with you about how this process works.

And you will definitely be invited to the launch party!

p.s. I can’t even tell you the name of the series or the proposed names for the three books. Publishing houses often change the names. That’s why what we send to an agent is said to have a “working title.” That means, don’t get attached to it.

BEEattitude for Day #582:
       Blessed are those who hum along with us bees. It doesn’t prove anything, but it brightens the world a bit.

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1 comment:

AggiePete said...

Sounds very exciting and as for the 'cups of pens & pencils' our house is like that too - wonder what that means 'cause we've been like that as long as I can remember. But just try & find one when you're on the phone & need one and 'poof', they've disappeared!