I love my editor.

That is all.
(Ow! That iron's hot!)

As my Facebook friends will have heard but I stupidly forgot to mention here until now, I got my signed contracts and my first cheque back from HarperCollins this week. Woo, yay, whee, etc.!

Still no revisions, though. O Editor, Where Art Thou? Never mind, I know the answer: working frantically on other projects which are due RIGHT NOW, or possibly yesterday. Editors are perpetually and incurably busy.

In other happy news, I'm featured in the Fall 2007 newsletter (PDF) from my agent, Adams Literary. They've done a little piece on my blog, and included two of my contract-signing photos. Very exciting! (And if you're reading this and have just arrived here from there, hail and welcome.)

Also, if you're interested in learning how to write a successful query letter, you may want to check out the [livejournal.com profile] fangs_fur_fey community, where a number of us have been sharing our queries and answering questions about them. I'm not scheduled to post mine until Sunday, but as most of you know, it wasn't the letter that made the difference for me, it was the referrals. So while I am including the letter for folks to look at, I'll also be talking about networking and the importance of maintaining good relationships with agents and editors, even those who reject you.

Finally, I've just swiped this meme from [livejournal.com profile] mistraltoes, and post it here for anyone who may feel inclined to answer:

What would you say are the trademarks of my writing? What themes or quirks or turns of phrase have you noticed? What is it that makes a story by me -- well, a story by me?

Go on, mock me. I know you want to. :D
Cheryl Klein from Arthur A. Levine Books (yes, that Arthur Levine, the imprint of Scholastic that publishes HP) has just set up a web page with a couple of absolutely smashing outlines for talks she's given on what editors like herself look for in a manuscript, and what aspiring authors can do to improve their chances of selling a novel.

She does all this via an extended metaphor about falling in love, used in both outlines, which makes the information she's trying to convey not only entertaining, but memorable. I would have loved to hear her give these talks in person, but having them on the web is surely the next best thing...

  • Finding a Publisher and Falling in Love: A Convivial Comparison
  • The Rules of Engagement

    Go forth and enjoy.
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