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STATUS: TGIF! And I’ve got a lot to celebrate as I’m almost caught up—if we don’t count the fact that I haven’t looked at queries in 3 weeks and that I’m still behind on reading requested sample pages. If you are waiting to hear from us, please wait just a bit longer…

What’s playing on the iPod right now? SH-BOOM by The Chords

Sara & I are still compiling the tallies of our Tuesday’s poll so look for that on Monday. Also in regards to the handwritten manuscript we received this week, we decided to go with the happy compromise outlined by many of you in the comments section. Today we sent a letter requesting that the sender send us the return postage if he/she wants the manuscript materials returned.

We’ll await that response and as to your other question, no, I have not read it and don’t plan to. It could be the best and greatest next American novel and I wouldn’t really care. I have a terrific current client list right now and I’m positive that I don’t want to work with an author who isn’t computer savvy in this day and age when it’s imperative (for my communicating with him/her and for author self marketing and promotion). I did that once early in my career where I had an author who didn’t/couldn’t email and once was enough.

Now for today’s funny. Two reasons why I’m sharing. 1) Thought this youtube vid was hilarious and 2) dang these authors are savvy in terms of promotion. What a great and fun way to get the info out that your book has been nominated for a RITA! It’s all about the promo baby!

14 Responses

  1. ICQB said:

    I’m one of the ones who encouraged you to read the handwritten manuscript(maybe the only one?). But I can see that you have a system that works very well for you, and why muck that up?

    Hooray for email only submissions and reading manuscripts on your Kindle! It makes things much simpler all the way around.

  2. Pema said:

    You’re right – it’s definitely important for a writer to be computer savvy these days. E-mail is the one of the quickest communication devices there are, and not knowing how to type is nearly just as bad as not knowing how to write.

  3. Anonymous said:

    I guess the video was funny. The sound was atrocious. That said, I wish my book was up for a RITA–or a Quill–or a Nobel.
    Thank you for your decision for the now-infamous hand-written manuscript. It’s kind of a no-brainer, but who knows what circumstances moved that poor soul to send it to you. You’re a doll.

    If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
    -Sue Grafton