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Ok, so lots of things happened at Keycon 2010, but only one thing really matters. Sheila Gilbert gave me her card and personal email address and said I could end her my manuscript.

I was gonna go to the author panels mostly, but I thought, hey, this lady's an editor and might be at this pitch session they're having and I should go to this meet Sheila Gilbert panel, and see what she's about. And at the panel, I realised she's not just a slush reader or first reader, she's like, big time, person-who-decides-what-gets-bought person. And it slowly sinks in that this is a woman who could decide that Lindsay gets published. So I went to all her panels. Missed some that I had really wanted to go to, but I'm glad I opted for the editor content of keycon than the author content. Because really, at this point, I've asked enough authors all the questions I'd want to ask of authors, and been working on the craft for long enough, that with a full novel as close to final draft as it is, the editor networking is far more valuable to me at this point.

Cut to the pitch session; I'm really glad I had my query letter and synopsis critiqued by the proposal package focus group. I brought them both, and I didn't expect her to read them both, but she did. At the end of the query letter, she laughed a little. I was confused and paranoid, and couldn't think of anything in the query letter that would make anyone laugh, but then she went on to the synopsis while I sat nervously waiting. Then she said it was a refreshing idea, and I couldn't think of a negative way of interpreting that. Then I explained I was still editing it, and she said when I was ready, to send it to her, and she gave me her card with her personal email address, which is something editors only do if they're serious. I walked away and the bunch of people waiting for their turn were like "You got her card! You're shaking!"

So now I have a bit of editing to do. In serious form. And thus begins the nano-style caffeine abuse until the deed is done.

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Date: 2010-05-25 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowdog66.livejournal.com
Congratulations! :) That's wonderful news.

I got a card from Ellen Smith of Champagne Books. I had to leave immediately afterwards and didn't get to try Ms. Gilbert, but I'm glad your pitch worked out so well.

Looks like we both have a lot of writing to do.

ETA: By the way, did you know that there's a local steampunk group that does costume work and various other interesting things? http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=240877476433
Edited Date: 2010-05-25 07:34 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2010-05-26 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindenfoxcub.livejournal.com
I went to all three, figured I might as well, and still got to the readoff in good time. Ellen Smith was really excited about it and said she was looking for steampunk, but the other lady, can't remember her name and don't care, sounded like she was trying to blow me off in the most polite way possible. I wish she would have just been blunt and said it wasn't the sort of thing she really publishes, rather than going on about how difficult it is to sell YA fiction via POD. But neither of them will be the first person I send it to; more than anything I want my writing to be more than a hobby, and getting published with daw would obviously be ideal, especially after having got to sheila from her author's testimony what an awesome person she is.

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Date: 2010-05-26 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindenfoxcub.livejournal.com
BTW, would you be interested in coming by for a writing night if I have my other writing friend over? I'm always surprised that I get work done, it's kind of that peer pressure effect you get from Nanowrimo.

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