Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Unusual rejection & Goldenford

A nice smooth work day. Am now so up-to-date I'm probably arriving in my own bottom. Which is good (if bizarre!) as I'm not back at work till 29 August now - and goodness I need the break. Did Pilates at lunchtime - my last summer drop-in session. Am beginning to enjoy it, so I'll try to book a Beginners' class once the new semester starts in September.

Two important and very nice emails awaited me at home - firstly, John Jarrold (http://www.sff.net/people/john-jarrold/about.html) has sent "Thorn in the Flesh" off to nine mainstream publishers today. Here's hoping one of them bites ... If not, then we'll have to look at the small/independent publishers route. Not, I hasten to add, that that's a bad thing! Especially bearing in mind the utterly lovely rejection I've received (my second email) for "Maloney's Law" from Maggie Hamand at Maia Press (http://www.maiapress.com) - she says she absolutely loved the first three chapters and is desperate to know what happens, so - even though it's not a Maia Press book - she's going to suggest it to other independent publishers, such as Arcadia Books and the possible new Chroma Press, both gay publishers. I was bowled over by such kindness - rare in the publishing world, I think - or certainly not something I've come across before. So huge, huge thanks, Maggie - and I hope your efforts on my behalf are worthwhile for you!

A Goldenford (http://www.goldenford.co.uk) meeting this evening - so took the minutes as usual. We've got three events coming up in October locally, one a Guildford Writers (http://www.guildfordwriters.net) linked event, so it looks as if autumn will be busy ...

Today's three nice things:

1. John sending out "Thorn in the Flesh"
2. Maggie Hamand's much-appreciated enthusiasm for "Maloney's Law"
3. Pilates.

Anne Brooke

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