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She likes me, She really likes me!

Well, there is nothing as humbling as pursuing publication.  Really…well, besides hospital stays where any modesty you ever had is gone…but that’s another post…

When you’re putting your work out there for someone else to evaluate, words and characters that you’ve put together in the wee hours of the night (or morning) and no one has seen them but you, it can be pretty scary.  After all, your characters may say things that make you laugh out loud or snicker or cry, but that’s you…and maybe you’re crazy.  Right? Don’t you ever wonder, “am I the only one that thinks this is good?”  And despite how real your characters are to you,  you ARE still laughing by yourself in an empty room…

And then when you finally get up the nerve to let your characters out into the big, bad world, they get sent back to you.  Sorry. Not good enough.

So, last week or maybe the week before, I emailed my new manuscript to my agent.  Now, I haven’t signed on that long ago with her, so this process is still new to me.  And this is only the second book she’s seen from me, so I was um…a *little* nervous. And yes, I did have those daydreams where she calls me up and says “I don’t know what I was ever thinking signing you…you don’t know how to write!”  It really is a tough business.  Much tougher than even the *craziest* brides I’ve dealt with in my past life.

This weekend she sent me a quick email saying she read my manuscript and can we chat.  Immediately I inhale as though horrific news has just arrived.  I was sitting in the car beside DH, and the kids in the back seat, staring at the email, looking for a hint that maybe she liked it.

Here’s how my conversation with the DH went:

DH: “What’s wrong?”

ME: “She read it.  And she wants to talk.”

DH: (looking very confused at my reaction): “So?”

ME (Me shocked that he’s not following my train of thought): “She didn’t say anything.  That means she hates it, or there’s big problems.”

…anyway the conversation went circular from there so I’ll spare you the rest.

But that night I did speak with my agent and she liked it!  She talked about my characters (like they were real people and laughed too-see we’re not crazy!) She also spoke about some moments that she really liked, that were emotional…

It made my night.  Really.  I got off the phone feeling like maybe I can really do this…



8 Comments on She likes me, She really likes me!

  1. sri
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:52 am (5 years ago)

    That’s so awesome, Victoria…but of course, our mind can play such tricks on us when it comes to writing, doesn’t it?

    Am glad that she loved it…

    • Victoria James
      Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Sri, so true! 🙂

  2. Jackie Ashenden
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Fabulous news, Victoria!! I have the same reaction to my inbox. Inhale. Get into brace position. Upchuck breakfast. 🙂

    • Victoria James
      Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Jackie! It’s sad isn’t? I actually used to have self confidence before I started writing… 🙂

  3. Jaclyn Jones
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm (5 years ago)

    As if there was EVER any doubt! Frankly I look forward to the next post where the details of DH’s foolishness are revealed 🙂 Men can be so … illiterately-literal when it comes to the subtle nuances of how-women-read-into-things. We’re not LOOKING for intrigue, it’s just that we’re far more aware of emotions, even in what seems to be a simple line of text. In my next life I’m going to invent email that conveys emotion. Until then, I continue to faithfully read your blog … reading the lines and reading the emotions you convey between the lines 🙂 Love it. (And love your husband too for providing you with enough material to write a book about the hilarity of marriage!)

    • Victoria James
      Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm (5 years ago)

      ROFL. Okay, you are in for all of the DH’s comments, uncut and uncensored, at the Troll’s on Friday!

  4. Olivia Miles
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Yes, you can do this!! But wow, I would have been a nervous wreck over such a cryptic email, too! ha! The words, “we need to talk” are usually ominous, but in this case…how could they have been? That book is a winner!

    • Victoria James
      Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Olivia! I’ll be sending it your way next!!


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