I was going to start this post like this:
“With the novel queries now out and about in London slushpiles, two months high, I am bracing myself for a lot of waiting and the inevitable rejections.”
But I just opened my email to find a very prompt request for the full manuscript from a wonderful agency. So whilst rejections are still inevitable, actually I’m feeling on top of the world today.
This on top of the news that my short story ‘La Cumparsita at Paris Charles de Gaulle’ has been shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin short story competition 2010. I feel particularly thrilled about this after reading comments from the judge, Tania Hershman, who blogs here about how she went about judging the 849 entries, and what, for her, makes a short story work.
September is starting wonderfully, with encouragement and recognition. However, real life beckons: I have one poorly daughter, house guests and tomorrow my two children are starting school, one for the very first time. So I shall put all of this motivation down here for now and set about healing, encouraging and feeding others. And tomorrow of course I shall email off that manuscript. Please wish it well!