October 12, 2009

Are you a dream author?

Filed under: The Writing Life — jenny @ 7:14 am

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.


  1. I can be a dream author, I am sure. . . .:)

    OTOH, I think it’s really, really hard for agents, editors, etc. unless they happen to be writers, to fully get the emotional investment we authors put into our work, thus sometimes we do act strangely. . .

    Comment by Judy — October 13, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  2. I’m thinking I’m probably not a “dream author” after all I write, I will probably be late sometimes, I can be tempermental and not immediately understanding. Would I be appreciative? Absolutely. Would I honor agreements? Yes, I try to make my word my bond excepting things like car accidents and anything my kids do to get in the way…which is a lot. Would I be forever her friend? Who knows? It doesn’t all depend on me, it’s a two way street.
    Methinks she calls it a dream because it is just that. Reality even good reality is going to have to be more reasonable.

    Comment by Grainne Rhuad — October 14, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  3. Even tho I can enlarge the type (just like a Kindle) I find blocks of this san serif type face hard to read in quantity and I wonder why authors in particular on the Internet use it so frequently. I learned in psychology and in advertising classes that serifed type, such as here in this comment, are much easier to read and so wouldn’t authors want that? Another way to become a “Dream autehor.”

    Comment by carl brookins — October 23, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

  4. I’m going to look into the font issue tonight, Carl–thanks for the note!

    Comment by jenny — October 23, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

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