Even though I am away from the city, up at the cottage, overlooking the still waters of the lake, my laptop still tethers me to my everyday reality. I can’t help but check my emails and stay in touch, even when everything here – the beach, the pool, and the Muskoka chairs – are screaming at me to relax. I guess I refuse to let myself really get away, even when every morsel of my being knows I need this little break.
I shouldn’t have been surprised when I received another response to one of my queries today. And even with the beach calling, I still needed to see what it said. But this time I didn’t hold my breath, I didn’t pray for a ‘yes’ (even though I definitely wanted one), I just let whatever was going to happen, happen. So I read.
Like all the others, it began with a pleasant greeting and a thank you for sending my interesting query. Then this one continued, “The concept has many worthwhile elements, but due to our workload, I do not believe we are quite the right agency for this project. We are rarely able to add new authors to our roster.”
All right, so it wasn’t a ‘yes.’ But at least it was a positive and somewhat encouraging ‘no.’ They thought my book was worthwhile. And I know that someone else will feel the same, someone who can take on more authors.
For some reason, it’s always amazed me that the 26 letters in the English alphabet have been used to write some of the most amazing stories. The same letters have been used to write Jane Austen’s Emma, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, to name a few. These simple letters can make us laugh, make us cry, and can take us on adventures we never could have imagined. It fascinates me.
What makes it even more incredible, there are still so many more stories to tell. There is no shortage to the memorable characters, touching moments, and exciting tales. Just some simple letters, those ABCs we learned as a child, and there is an infinite world of possibilities.
All right, so it’s not yet a full and complete YES! But it’s the first step to one. I can’t believe it. I’m still slightly shaking. An agent requested the first few chapters of my story. I am thrilled. And I’m finally sitting back down after jumping up and down (literally).
Even though this is what I’ve been waiting for, I still can’t believe it. But it’s true. Someone wants to read my writing. Someone wants to hear my story. Well, not exactly my story, it’s my character’s story; this isn’t a memoir or anything.
Now that the chapters are off, I’m back to waiting. But this time it’ll be a little more exciting. This time I know they’re at least a little interested.