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STATUS: Excited. Putting something out on submission always makes me giddy. I love the novel, and I want everyone else to love it too!

What’s playing on the iPod right now? HARVEST MOON by Neil Young

Hilarious story that I had to share. As I mentioned yesterday, today I’m putting a project out on submission. There was an editor on my list to whom I wanted to send the novel but I didn’t happen to know her. So, I did what I normally do and that’s to ring her up and introduce myself.

So I call and start with my usual “My name is Kristin Nelson and I wanted to call and introduce myself because I have a project that I’d like to send you way.”

The editor stops me and says, “Wait, are you the Kristin Nelson who blogs?

Me: “Uh, yes.”

Editor: “I read your blog!”

I just started laughing and I have to admit, that’s the first time I’ve rang an editor whom I didn’t know but who in turn kind of knew me through my blog.

And then it got even stranger. We are both from Missouri (how often does that happen?) and we both had attended the Denver Publishing Institute (but not in the same year). And I’ve read her blog before and didn’t make the connection.

Twins separated at birth! Okay, not really that close but you get the picture. This editor definitely needs to be on my radar, and I’m so glad I called.

I just LOVE it when a new submission allows me to meet a new editor. Even better when I sell that project to the new editor as I did with DEMON’S LEXICON. We’ll just have to wait and see.


11 Responses

  1. Miri said:

    That’s so cool! See, the Internet can bring people together.

    Though I hope you realize how crazy you’re making us (me, at least) by mentioned Demon’s Lexicon at every turn. It sounds like a Fullmetal Alchemist/Bartimaeus Trilogy hybrid with a lot of awesome going for it, and every time I see something about I go “I wanna read it I wanna read it I wanna read it…dang. It’s not out yet.” x(

    So, building up that anticipation. I’m sure it’ll do you good…but it’s making me crazy.

  2. Anonymous said:

    I get so excited every time you mention The Demon’s Lexicon. I can’t believe how long we have to wait for it!

  3. Heidi the Hick said:

    A few months ago, someone in my neighbourhood pulled into my driveway and asked me if the name Miss Snark meant anything to me… she read my comments over there and figured out who I was! Now we get together and talk writing. It is cool how this little blogworld can be a positive tool for meeting and networking!

    Small world.

  4. Anonymous said:

    Kristin — Pretty cool day.

    I wanted to thank you for listing 20 worst agents on this blog. Just this morning I was contacted by one of them on that list. So, I came here knowing you had a list of not-so-good agents, and wha-la, there she was. You saved me.

    Thank you, Thank you,
    Dawn Chartier
    http://www.dawnchartier.com

  5. Disco Mermaids said:

    It’s so cool to meet people who know you by your blog!

    Just wanted to give a shout out to Neil Young’s HARVEST MOON…that’s the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding. 😉

    Robin

  6. Lauren said:

    Man, I’m such a publishing industry nerd that when I read “from Missouri” and “Denver Publishing Course,” I knew exactly which editor you had to be talking to. Oy. Okay, getting back to my non-publishing-related day job now!

  7. Manic Mom said:

    It’s gotta be good agent/editor karma on this one for sure!!!

    I hear you’ll be at the Chicago Spring Fling? Hopefully we’ll get to meet!

  8. Lorilei said:

    Hi there. I came across your blog because I’m thinking about applying to the Publishing Institute in Denver. I currently live in Houston and work for a newspaper (I’ve had various jobs and internships at magazines and papers in Austin and Houston) but I really want to be a book editor one day.
    I know that the workshops and classes in the program will be a great learning experience, but is there a chance that I’ll be able to network with people in/from Texas? I would really really like to stay in Texas because my whole family is here.
    I don’t know how it is in Denver, but I’ve searched on Google for publishing houses in Austin, Houston, and Dallas and haven’t really come across anything.
    And I suppose my other question is whether I should put the newspaper job on hold to go to the institute if I get accepted. By then, I’ll be working with the paper for over a year, which brings my experience tally to a little more than 2.5 years of editing experience.
    I’m really curious about how the job fair works at the end of the program. Because right now, my editor is willing to get an intern for the 4 weeks I’ll be gone (that is if I make it in). I wonder if I’ll find a new job if I get accepted.
    Any input you can give me is very much appreciated!
    Thanks!
    Lorilei
    [email protected]