Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This is a blog post for editors.

I wanted to say thank you for your responses.

I appreciate that you have taken the time to respond, whether it's two sentences or two paragraphs. Whether you were blunt or kind-edged; whether you admitted you weren't the right editor or said it was the book that wasn't right. Whether you were so unintentionally funny that I laughed out loud or so encouraging that I regretted you weren't saying yes.

I want to thank you for saying no, because it wasn't right for you or the current list or the house. I want to thank you for believing in the potential of the manuscript, and recognizing the potential of my abilities.

What you're reading? There were moments I was convinced no one would ever get to see it. That you're reading it—that you allowed to even temporarily take up residence in your head—is doing the impossible. Maybe it doesn't feel the same to you—like me, you probably see a lot of stories, and it takes that right one, that really special one to stand out. It needs to resonate in that sure, true space deep within your bones.

I get it. I honestly do.

Maybe you will be the one, and I will say thank you in person, and we will make that story sing. Maybe you won't be the one, and I will wish you well if our paths cross and believe that you have gone on to make other stories sing. We all like stories; it's why we do what we do.

Regardless: this moment, this luminescent possibility of wonder, is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a good long time.

So thank you.

1 comment:

Caryn Caldwell said...

What a lovely, positive, heart-felt post! I wish you the best of luck and so hope that one of these editors will love your book as much as you do.