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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nervous Stomach...and Brain

I'm not sure if my stomach hurts because I ate too much carne al pastor from the random taqueria we ate dinner at, or because I'm nervous about tomorrow.

Tomorrow--in case you didn't see my Twitter feed--is a rather momentous occasion. At 1:00 p.m. I am scheduled to speak over the phone with an editor. An editor from an actual publishing house would like to talk to me about my YA novel. Presumably, anyway. The e-mail said he enjoyed reading my novel, and wanted to schedule a phone call, but he could, I suppose, be calling to talk about the NBA playoffs or the North Korean nuclear situation. But probably not.

So this got scheduled way back during last week--Thursday, to be exact--so I've been pretty much an excited wreck, unable to concentrate properly on anything. I probably ate too much al pastor tonight because I wasn't able to focus on the timely stoppage of eating. And now I'm wondering various things like: Should I re-read my entire novel in detail before the phone call? How can I keep from being a blithering idiot due to general phone phobia and/or social ineptitude? What if I get thrown a conversational curve ball? What if everything is a curve ball due to the fact that I don't know what to expect? Etc.

Mostly, though, I'm excited. I know that this can't be a BAD thing. Editors don't schedule phone calls to tell you why they didn't like your work. I might be up for some heavy-duty revisions--most probably I WILL be--but I think I'm ready for it. I really WANT a professional opinion that's more than two typed lines in a two-paragraph rejection letter. I welcome it. Bring it on.


tanita✿davis said...

...can't wait to hear.

Neil Struthers said...


Ethel Rohan said...

Yahoo! I am so happy for you. The VERY best of luck. Let me know the outcome. Just breathe, my friend, you'll do great. This is your time :-)

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law said...

How exciting! Good luck with that!

Heather Zundel said...

That is so thrilling! Congratulations. I really hope it goes extremely well tomorrow. Hopefully the word 'contract' will be thrown around once or twice? :)

holly cupala said...

Yes! Crossing my fingers for you! (Though I have yet to read part two...)