Monday, September 29, 2008
Here We Go...Off in the Clear, Blue Yonder
Years ago, more than a decade, I can remember sitting in the audience as a well-known, seasoned author answered newbie questions. I was a newbie. I was so new I didn't know the double-spacing, do not use pink paper rule. I raised my hand and asked my question. "How do I go about mailing my manuscript?" The season author rolled her eyes (I was so new that I didn't realize every seasoned writer refused to use the term 'rolled her eyes' because of its literal meaning). Years later, I know that the reason she rolled her eyes (She didn't throw up her hands; she'd edited that phrase out of her life, too) is because she thought I'd wasted her valuable time. I should asked that question to not-so-newbie sitting next to me. It's thirteen years later, and you know, I'm still mastering the 'How do I go about mailing my manuscript?' dilemma. Sometimes I still forget and put it in a big manilla envelope, only to get to the post office and tear apart my manilla folder with it's fancy label. If I'm lucky, which I seldom am, it's a week before it's due and I can send it regular mail.
I've done that once.
Roughly fourteen times I've gone to UPS. They lost me one time by closing early. I was frantic and finally discovered a FED EX in the neighborhood. FED EX was so nice and helpful, that even though they cost more, I go there now. I'll be there in a few hours. I'll carry in my manuscript loose (it's in a rubber band and the disc is there too). FED EX has hard envelopes. I'll fill out a paper that has multiple copies and requires me to read lines that are much too small.
Then, because I have to overnight it, I'll pay roughly what I pay to fill the tank of my SUV (Hey, I have a small child and a car seat and grandparents) and comes home to start the next book.
I still have pink envelopes.
I'ive had them for thirteen years.
I actually sent my first manuscript out in pink envelopes.
Hey! Maybe that's why it got rejected eleven times.
Posted by Pamela Tracy at 9:51 AM