These past two weeks, I've been spending a lot of time cleaning up those chapters. Part of the challenge was that the chapters were to be sent through email, so I needed to ensure that weird unwanted characters didn't pop up on the receiving end. That meant I had to scour the chapters, a few times. I do type in Courier New, but even then, when I practiced sending the query to myself a few times, I noticed that a few weird things popped up, because of such things as the presence of smart quotes.
This morning, I made a vow that I was going to finish up my response, and woke up an hour early before work to finish up the job. At eight o'clock, after one more once over, I closed my eyes, said a little prayer, and pulled the trigger.
That afternoon, at two, I received a response. It was located in the Trash folder of my Yahoo account. Thankfully, I didn't delete it.
I was just in the middle of calling someone when I received the response. Thankfully, I received this person's answering machine. I left a robotic message and stared at the screen.
I was almost afraid to answer it. It seemed like too quick a response, to me, which could only be bad news. Should I just let it sit there, festering? Wait until Monday, perhaps, so that at least I could have a nice week-end?
Ah, screw it. I clicked on the response, and forced myself to take a look. And there, I saw:
"I'd like to see the full manuscript."
YOU WOULD? I mean, um, of course. You would. Sure, of course you would.
Which of course means I have a lot of work to do. Late Night is a first draft piece, and the last two chapters, superstitiously have not been typed, because I was deliberately waiting for a positive response, a reason to type them. Well, now I have one.
It's a next step. Not the final step, by a long shot. But it's moving closer, and the fact that this person read the first three chapters and liked them enough to ask for more is a positive thing. Particularly because I think the second chapter is the weakest in the book...it's all uphill from there.
So, I want to clean up the copy, but how much time should I give myself to do it? I need to put together a one-page synopsis and a brief bio, too. Should I ask for a bit of time? Should I just say thank you, and allot myself two weeks to get the job done? Can I ask for a month?
A lot to think about. And, do. It's an exciting challenge. I've now moved to the next phase, and fairly quickly (this is only the third query for LNS) and I'm thrilled about it!
More to come. However, I may be posting a little bit less of LJ for a bit...I've got some work to do!