Making it better enough.

30 Oct

To prove I really was in Aspen, here's me and the glorious Maroon Bells, just outside of Aspen. Hoping my new writing task won't be as daunting as climbing one of those suckers.

Aspen, Colorado. That’s where I am today, NOT because it’s the setting for Thrown. But curiously, an email I received recently makes it seem like perhaps fate led me here for that very reason.

Before I tell you about the email, as we’ve strolled about town today, have I been driving Tom (long-suffering spouse) mad by saying things like, “Amanda and Grady ate here,” and “I bet Grady tried to buy Amanda those earrings” and making other references to the characters in my book? You betcha. Tom kept telling me Grady and Amanda aren’t real people, but he’s mistaken. Oh and I gave a sweet (no pun intended) woman who owned the Aspen Candy Company (a very fun place, unless you’re a molar) my author business card when she made the mistake of telling me she liked to read.

So about that email. First, for those of you playing along at home, let me give you the box score on my agent/editor activities. Ready?

Publishing professionals who rejected Thrown: 3
Publishing professionals who have the full manuscript: 3
Publishing professionals not yet heard from: 3

This list includes agents and editors. I’m being purposely vague about who’s doing what because I suppose I’m superstitious and don’t want to give too much away at this point. Or maybe I’m chicken. Try not to judge.

Back to that email. It was from a publishing professional who read the full manuscript and wrote an exceedingly nice email saying that Thrown showed promise, and would I be willing to revise it and resubmit?

To which I reply: HELLS YEAH!

And I don’t even say “Hells yeah” in my everyday speech. Like, ever. Which is how you can tell how important this is to me.

As a result, I’m going to stop revising Love in the Time of Colic and go back to my firstborn. I have work to do, to be sure, and it won’t be easy, but I’m rolling up my figurative shirtsleeves (it’s cold here in Aspen, so there will be no literal rolling up of any sleeves) and digging in. I have no doubt I’ll make it better, I just hope I make it better ENOUGH.


  1. Hillary Seidl Says:

    Congrats! You’re awesome! You’re beautiful and talented! Sending good vibes to you! 🙂

  2. Colette Says:

    Thanks, Hillary! I can use all the help I can get.

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