I have known for years that you were a fantastic writer.
However, is it to early to put in my request for an autographed first edition?
Oh God, thank you all. You're very, very kind.
I have no idea whatsoever what the timetable is on these things.
The contract covers, egad, stuff on artwork for the cover. And, yeah, I know this is boilerplate but it still cracks me up - the movie rights.
We ended up going out for Vietnamese food last night.
The scanner (I had to scan the W9 form for royalties, plus the signature page, and then email them back) decided to throw up its figurative hands and say, "I can't do this any more!" And so we took the two pages (RP had printed them) and headed over to Fed Ex. So the guy asked if I had brought a thumb drive.
Ewps, no, 'cause I'm all over the place. He set it up so that I could scan and then email back to myself, using yahoo mail. Fed Ex was across the street from the Vietnamese place so we went there instead of the Stockyard.
Got the signed page back from the agent and we're goin' to town.
All sorts of random thoughts bubble up every now and then. They'll need to photograph me. I'll need to go to NY and meet them in person. Etc. etc.
When I called my folks (right after calling RP at work), my mother said, "Well, I was going to take a nap, but I can't sleep now!"
I didn't want to say until there was something concrete. Seems silly now to have held back, but I was afraid I'd jinx it.
I will tell anyone who wants to hear (and anyone who doesn't, too. So there) -
Roberta is a patient, smart, and creative editor. She asked questions about the manuscript, helping me to polish it and eliminate inconsistencies and confusions. She was fun to work with!
It was with great trepidation that I agreed to do this. Why? Almost every time I did a job for someone I knew it ended badly. Why'd you make it so short (school paper). Because it was wordy, repetitious, and pompous. Why'd you take out all the fun stuff? Fun to you. Not fun to the reader. Etc.
To my great relief, jes welcomed my comments and questions. And she accepted all or most of the changes I made in the language. She was a pleasure to work with.
The more I got into the story, the more impressed I was. This was good! I honestly couldn't imagine that anyone would come up with anything better.
I just looked over this thread. Seeing how fast jes wrote this leaves me stunned. Thud.
I think being in tune with each other helped a lot. A great writer not in tune with a great editor (and vice versa) is probably not going to produce great work.
I finally looked over my contract more closely. All sorts of stuff is in there, things like how much I get paid for heavily discounted sales, or for sales through third-party vendors, that kind of thing.
This is the start of one wild ride.
jes, I'm not all that knowledgeable about contracts. I know a little. If you want to ask me something, feel free.
Yikes! Well done, you two!
Thanks, Margo, but this is jespah's accomplishment. I was just along for the ride.
I also have a completely unrelated story being featured on Wattpad!
Wattpad is LARGE - over 10 million registered users. Eek!
That's wonderful news. All my best to you as an author.
I am being published. No joke, no lie.
I totally missed this thread until just now. Congratulations!
Congrats on your latest publication.
I started reading it. Too long for one sitting, but I'll be back. Gotta find out what happened.
Just finished reading. I shoulda been working.
Loved the story. Great detail. It's a gift. Wonderful characterizations. D-A-R-N-E-D good.
Doing it again this year. The teaser is (for realz!) this Latin translation
by the ever-awesome George.
The story is called The Polymer Beat
and about 26,000 words have already been written, so I'm looking to write 50,000 more in November.