Has anyone discovered this site yet? I am brand new to it, but the blogger is an editor, and in just a couple of readings I have gotten a bird’s eye view into what may go on behind those hallowed walls.
You know the ones I mean. The ones that form the arms and legs of those buildings we occasionally drive past if we’re lucky enough to live close to or visit NYC.
I’ve gotten glimpses of letters carved in stone that bring chills to my upper arms. Simon & Schuster. Scribner.
Anyway, this editor has some fascinating and insightful things to say about the biz, and because of the aforementioned chills, I like to read these things. The post I link to describes her dream client.
And one comment states that probably this dream client doesn’t exist, while another says basically, Are you kidding? Given how hard it is to get published, wouldn’t most writers be the dream, and then some? Offer to do a little laundry, babysitting, toilet scrubbing as well? (Or are these only things I’d be willing to do?)
So I’m wondering. Is this is an unwieldy list? I try to hit each of these marks in my relationship with my agent. Does something change once you become an actual signed author?
I still remember the long, dry desert of days before meeting my husband, my soulmate. Nine years’ worth of them. (Some day I will explain here how I’m counting, a story in of itself.) When I meet people who are still searching for that special someone, I remember my own loneliness. How some nights I would actually sidle closer to some stranger on the subway, just to feel a moment of human connection as I made my way home from my internship and back to my dorm.
It’s been seventeen years and I still long to match up the single people I meet so that they don’t have to feel what I felt. I never take a single day of love and connection for granted.
So I don’t believe I’ll ever forget what it felt like to yearn for a soulmatey link to an editor, someone who found my stories great, and helped me get them read.
I’d even scrub a stray toilet or two.