Thursday, March 08, 2007

A New York Minute

So I live in Utah. But I live in this very strange part of Utah. It's a little square about three feet by three feet that follows me everywhere I go. It is the only part of Utah I know of that runs on Eastern Standard Time.

That's right, I run on New York time.

I'm sure many of you can relate.

I have a New York agent and, other than one, my book is out to New York editors (and the one who is not in New York is still going to call my agent, not me, so she still ends up running by EST.)

I think it's pretty funny; I look at my watch and think,"Oh, it's two o'clock. That's four in New York time." Anyone else do that?

This thought was prompted by an e-mail from my fab agent Jodi, announcing that all of my first round manuscripts are out. Hooray! I'm so excited. Not only are some really wonderful professionals going to be reading my book, there's even a chance they might want to publish it.

But one of the really exciting things is that people I "know" in the literary community, whose professional opinions I really trust, are going to be weighing in on my little book ... well, it's not that little ... but that's a whole other post. How cool is that?

And even if they ultimately reject it, it seems like something you can mention at cocktail parties. "Yeah, well, Editor XXX read my manuscript.":) I mean, that's awesome, right?





Michelle Zink said...

It's undoubtably a phenomenal feeling to have your work read by professionals whose opinions you trust.

Even though my first book didn't sell, I really appreciated the editorial feedback I received, and it felt great to know that I'd cleared that first hurdle.

At least it got read!

And I knoW what you mean about time.

I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum - I live 85 miles NW of NYC but my agent's on the East Coast, so I'm on West Coast time!

I KNOW I won't hear from him in the morning but hold out hope until about 9pm EST!

Maybe we should trade houses for awhile... I hvae family all over Utah and you could visit the Big Apple.

Demon Hunter said...

Aprilynne, it is awesome! Hooray! I'm so happy for you. I hope that you get a really huge deal. Congrats and good luck! :*)

Maprilynne said...


I thought of you when I wrote this post because you are so opposite from the rest of us. *laugh*

Oh, and I am up for house switching any time. You can come live in my very old two room house with your four kids, and we'll go stay in whatever you live in that is surely bigger.:)


Michelle Zink said...

Okay, but you might change your mind when you see the converted barn we live in.

Sure, it's 6,000 SF, but it's also very old and in need of LOTS of repair! :(

We have to turn off the dishwasher for someone to take a shower, because otherwise there's no water pressure.

Too bad I don't have that bazillion dollar book deal yet - I could probably make it really nice...

ORION said...

OK guys.
Try 6 hours difference.
I get up at 4 am to talk to my editor at 10 am.
My UK publisher is 11 hours difference.
Good fun!

Michelle Zink said...

Argh! Sorry!

Of course, I meant that my agent's on the West Coast...

Pat, that would drive me batty!

Cheryl said...

I love the fact that the publishing world is three hours ahead of me because that means three fewer hours of waiting!

If an editor has something to tell you and gets around to it by noon, then you've only just started your day anyway and weren't waiting around to hear it.

The Writers' Group said...

Aprilynne, fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that your manuscript is snapped up. How can you stand the waiting?