Friday, April 29, 2011



I finally heard back from the contest today, and it was a no.  A nice "No", but still a no nonetheless.  I can at least say that I made it to April 29th of a contest that ended on April 30th.  I am happy that I made it so far, but I wish that they would give a little feedback instead of a one paragraph letter that stated the obvious.  It wasn't even dated, so they could just send it to every person that didn't win, but oh well.  I'm not gonna be bitter about it.  It was a good experience even though it didn't end the way that I wanted it to.

 I had a flustering day today, before I checked the mail.  Three art customers wanted me to cut their paper on this finicky paper cutter.  The first two pieces of paper were cut wrong because of me.  One of the girls was just standing there and making a mad face while tapping her toes.  I excused myself and went to find one of my co-workers.  My hands were shaking and I just told them that someone else had to cut the paper for them, I just couldn't do it.  It was like a mini-panic attack.  I've been working there for over two years and never had such trouble with cutting and then feeling so uncomfortable.  Stupid mean customer.  At least my co-worker was really nice about it and I'm grateful to him.

Now I'm not really sure what to do with "Down in the Creek", my rejected book.  I don't know if I want to self-publish it like my first book or try to find an agent.  I would welcome any suggestions!  For now, I think I'm gonna take a bike ride, buy some gardening gloves to kill the onions that grow wild outside my door, and probably find a movie to watch.  Not really in the mood to be around a lot of people tonight...  I'll try to stay positive. 



  1. Aw, that's a bummer, especially since you made it so far. Remember, though, that just because your manuscript wasn't right for Delacorte doesn't mean that your story is unworthy. I'd put it in a drawer for a few weeks. Come back with fresh eyes and re-read it. If you see any changes, make them; if not, go on. As far as agent/self-pub, I think it'd be good to send out a few queries and see what happens. You can self-pub at any time, so it might be fun to try to get an agent and traditional publisher instead of having to do it all yourself :) Good luck!!

  2. I got one of those letters last year. I agree that I'd give it a shot at querying first.

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  4. I hope you either find an agent or self publish because you're excellent at writing no matter what news a letter brings. I loved Falling Star so much, I'd love to be able to read more of your books!


  5. I second Caitlin, leaving it for a few weeks is the way to go. What you do with it then is a personal thing, but I'd suggest traditional querying first. You can always self publish after that, but it's difficult to get an agent after self-publishing (though not impossible). Best of luck :)