Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Manuscript That Stays With You

STATUS: Spent a little time this evening working through some leftover computer conversion kinks. We are almost there.


What’s playing on the iPod right now? Nothing At the Moment


Because I’m not on twitter, I only found out today that YA author LK Madigan had passed away from cancer.


I have to say that the news made Sara and I rather sad.


Several years ago, I had the pleasure of reading her YA novel FLASH BURNOUT while it was on submission. I remember this vividly because Sara wasn’t taking on clients at the time but she really advocated for this author.


And Lisa was lovely and so professional.


I didn’t take her on as a client and she went on to find a wonderful and enthusiastic agent. And this may sound odd, but over the last two years, whenever we heard news about her debut novel, I’d say, “remember that manuscript? And Sara would say, “I told you so” (not really as Sara isn’t the kind of person to say such a thing) but you get the picture.


It was one of those novels that we remembered vividly, even years later, and could now poke fun at ourselves on being wrong about.


Which leads me to a point I made at the San Miguel Writers Conference last week.


When you get a rejection, you just have to remember that ALL writers received them at least at once in their careers and where you are today as a writer is not necessarily where you’ll be a year from now. That you will always be learning, growing, and maturing as a writer.


Being a writer is about the journey. Embrace it.