September 7th, 2007


Cherie's "Things I've Learned Since My First Book Got Published"

Apparently this week I can rely on my clients for content. I love this one by Cherie Priest, especially:

No one will believe you did it by writing a book that was worth publishing. Aspiring writers will be sure that you had a secret short cut, and you are a raging bitch for holding out on all those other poor folks who are just as worthy as you, but who were unwilling to flash their boobies at exactly the right people. And if you don't think people will actually say things like this, perhaps you have not yet published a book.

And this one....

People will use your name to lie. At least twice, other writers with whom I was peripherally acquainted approached my (now former) agent and told him that I'd recommended them.

.... because this has happened to me. Also, people writing to say you requested something at a conference when you most certainly did not. I've even had people claim I was at conferences I didn't attend where I also requested material (still can't figure that one out at all - I know writers have fertile imaginations, but....).

Maybe I should work on "Things I've Learned About Agenting Since I First Sold a Book"....

pieces of childhood slipping away

At Tara in this fateful hour,
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness:
All these I place between myself and the powers of darkness!

From Publishers Weekly
Author Madeleine L’Engle died last night in Connecticut, at the age of 89. Best known for her 1963 Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels, L’Engle was the author of more than 60 books for adults and young readers.

NY Times Obit'Engle

This makes my heart hurt.

I'd really like to re-read the trilogy this weekend.