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A Good Start

I was just talking about my agent search last night at the writing group meeting. When I have these conversations, it's all about analysis and externalizing my thoughts on the writing process. Because I know it's just that: a process.

So, 2008 is looking good right at the moment. I received my first request for a full manuscript today. And since I've talked about submissions and rejections often enough, I didn't jump up and down for joy at the news when I read the email. It's only one additional step, and I've read enough reports by friends about requests and rejections. It's a process, a process, only a process.

It's still my first full request from an agent, though, and that's enough to note 2008 is a good year right now. :-)

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melinda_goodin
Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm wishing you lots of agent interest in your submission!
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
michaeljasper
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Very cool! Best of luck with it!
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. And good luck to you with Prime.
hominysnark
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Let the bunnies jump up and down for joy for you!
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Thanks.
retrobabble
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I can't compete with the bunnies. Good luck with this one. :)
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks. Though I think "hey, it could happen" is pretty good. :-)
raecarson
Jan. 4th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
A request for a full is a WONDERFUL thing. Congrats, dude.
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. :-)
purdypiedad
Jan. 4th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Dude! It may be just a step, but it's a BIG, WONDERFUL step!!!
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Thanks. :-)

I'm reminded of when I sold my first story. I accepted each bit of good news at face value, didn't take anything for granted, even when the editor said my story was going to kick off the antho for which he bought it. I couldn't believe I would be so lucky with my first.

This feels similar. I wasn't jumping for joy or anything. Heck, I refused to open the email, afraid I'd see a form rejection. I waited until I got home, so I'd be able to get a hug from Melissa as quickly as possible if it was necessary. I started 2008 thinking, "You like to write, so write. So what if nothing comes from it. You've at least finished. You get better with each story. Take what enjoyment you can from that." And that's enough, really.
purdypiedad
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
--You like to write, so write. So what if nothing comes from it.--

There is much wisdom in that on many fronts. I'm sure there are contrary opinions, but I believe that the best writers are often those who write for themselves even more than they write to create a saleable piece. That said, when someone motivated primarily for their love of the art does sell their work, it has the potential to be fantastic.
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
--You like to write, so write. So what if nothing comes from it.--

Exactly. :-)
rhonawestbrook
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
YAY Stephen!!!!!!
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Thank you. :-)
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stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I like to trick myself, tell myself that it's never good enough. But I also think finding that balance on the slope is fun. Hopefully, it will work out. No matter what, it puts a positive spin on the year.
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stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
No worries. It's not so much tricking the universe as tricking the 18+ years indoctrination in a dour, blue collar family. Writing was a waste of time in my house.

But that was then and this is now. My youngest handmade all her Christmas presents for her sister, my wife and me this year (and the year before, too). She made earrings for my wife, something I can't recall for her sister (only a week after Christmas, no less), and she gave me a synopsis for the book she's writing. Needless to say, my girls receive encouragement for any creative endeavors they attempt. Eldest daughter has a talent for cooking, and likes to experiment with recipes. Youngest is a chip off my block, and can write a good yarn. (Though she shows a talent for art as well and wants to be a designer rather than a writer.)
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stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
A supportive family helps.

Lucky, I'm wired in such a way that I need to write and enjoy the process. So, my mid-life crisis, about 10 years back pre-millenium, was to sit down and finish something, anything.
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stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Crossing fingers, working on the two synposes I need for this year's novel work, nose to grindstone, etc. Anything so I don't check my email for a response. Heh.
crimini
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Super!
stevenagy
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
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