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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Excitement In The Air!


After an adventurous (and a bit stressful) week of shuttling the older children to and from school, helping w/ homework, entertaining Courtney at home, cooking, cleaning, yadda, yadda, yadda, I have some pretty exciting news to share with all of you.

Over the past few days, I've been extremely busy preparing email submissions for my first young adult novel because TWO remarkable agents have taken interest in the concept and have requested the full of my manuscript! *squeals loudly and does a happy dance in the kitchen* This now brings the total of requests to 5 partials, 4 fulls, and plenty of rejections and no responses in between. But as the old saying goes, "It only takes one YES to become a published author."

Take the story of Theodore Geisel for example (used from Adventures in Agentland). Theodore had written a picture book manuscript called THE HOUSE ON MULBURRY STREET. He shopped it around. He sent it to twenty-two editors and, after that twenty-second rejection, Theodore decided he would go home, shred his manuscript, and give up his dream.

On the way home, he ran into an old friend of his, who had become an editor. His editor friend convinced him to let him see his manuscript. The editor changed the name of the book to THE CAT IN THE HAT, and Dr. Seuss was born.

Once again, thanks for all your support! In more ways than one, your kind words and encouragement have kept me chasing the dream of becoming a published author. I promise to update as soon as I hear from either agent. Have a great weekend, everyone! Tory

10 comments:

  1. Yay. Congratulations on your partials and fulls.

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  2. So excited for you!!! Good luck!

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  3. Medeia and Jen - Thank you both so much! I was losing steam and this was exactly what I needed to keep going.

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  4. This is awesome news Tory!

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  5. SOOOO happy for you!!! That is great news!

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  6. OH MY GOSH! Tory, this is epic. This is so awesome and amazing. My fingers are crossed and twisted and my toes are twisted, too. And I even said a little prayer right now. OMG!

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  7. Deidre & Jess - Your kindness and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. THANKS!!!:)

    Julie - Your recent blog-post describes every emotion I've felt within the last few months. I'm definitely feeling "high" on the roller coaster ride of being a writer and hope to stay there for a while.

    So happy for you, i.e. the Scholastic Math article. WOO-HOO! I can't wait to read it in the September issue.

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  8. Exciting! Here's hoping this interest turns into a bonafide offer to represent you. No matter what, this is incredible. Good luck!

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  9. Tory this is fantastic!!!! What great odds! You have to let us know just as soon as you hear anything!

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  10. This is amazing,Tory. So proud for you. You are such an amazing woman.

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