Hi all! Some random thoughts for this Wednesday night...
Back when I owned a bookstore, the most exciting day was when ARCs would arrive. It's not a whole lot different working in publishing. Today I got 10 copies of Catriona McPherson's next book. They are all slotted for reviewers or blurbers, those in the industry who will hopefully help us sell a few more copies. Anyway, it's awesome to see when a manuscript shows up in book form. It's really cool.
My court stuff is moving forward. There is a report due next week and I am just sick with anxiety. So if you all don't mind putting some good thoughts/prayers out into the universe, I would appreciate it.
Today I finished reading a manuscript that I really liked, but I am sort of stuck, wondering if how it would sell if I acquire it. It's set in a place where there are few mysteries set and while that might be a huge selling point, it might also sink the book. I will have to think on it for a bit. One of the hardest parts of my job is figuring out if a book will hit the market right. I have acquired many well written books that have failed and I really wish I knew why. It's frustrating and sometimes heart breaking.
As always, I am feeling very behind at work. I am trying to get through as many submissions as I can. I have such a back log, it's frightening. And I only have a small window of time to acquire books for Spring/Summer 2018. But I am working through them as fast as I can and what it means is that I don't have a lot to give to each submission. It's a little bit cutthroat right now. If it doesn't knock my socks off right away, it's gets turned down. I wish I had more time, but I since I don't see anything changing so I jut have to get through as quickly as I can. I really would like someone to create a limitless pill. Or a time machine. That would be super.
I love baseball, but I really wish it was football season. I don't know why. This year I didn't join a fantasy league for March madness or for baseball. Perhaps I have outgrown it. I am itching to go to a baseball game though. This crazy warm winter and spring is amazing. Maybe if I catch a game soon I will get in the spirit.
I wondering if it's bad to eat tostitos and jalepeno cheddar dip for dinner... It seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I'm questioning that decision.
I've been reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. It is amazing. No lie. She isn't putting anything out there that you can't find in other self help books. What she has is a great delivery. Just the kick in the pants that I needed. Thanks to Aimee Hix for the You Are a Baddass page-a-day calendar and to Isabella Maldonado for the nudge to buy the book. It feels like a book that I will keep coming back to.
I am really looking forward to the Edgars and Malice Domestic! It's hanging out with my people and I really miss that. I am ready for hugs and laughing until my cheeks and belly hurt.
And my final thought for the evening. I have said this a million times and I am going to say it again - if you are submitting your work to an agent or an editor, make sure that your manuscript is the best that it can be. If you have random thoughts about tweaking this or that, do that first. If only get one chance at the first impression. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward. Always.
Have a great night, y'all. Catch you next week!