It was a huge success! I was very pleased with the turnout – standing room only in the back – and how warm and friendly the crowd was. I read without being nervous and tried to have fun. I think I sold about 25 books. Yay! One thing that particularly touched me was how many writers came … people whom you can’t BS with your writing. So the fact that they came, enjoyed the excerpt, and wanted to buy the book is saying something. Thank you, all!
In other news, I think I received the best rejection EVER in my entire life from the Fairy Tale Review. Alissa Nutting wrote this very long email about how much she loved my submission, but it just did not fix into the mix. She wants to know when it gets picked up, though, so she can celebrate in the publication, and wants me to submit again during their next reading period. Wow. Thanks, Alissa. I’ve read many a good thing about her and her work, notably that she was the winner of Starcherone’s fiction prize in 2009.
A generic rejection from Gulf Stream, generic from TriQuarterly, a positive rejection from Slice, and a positive rejection from Subtropics (the first I’ve ever received from them).
I am ashamed to admit that I have not been reading that much in the last couple weeks apart from my novel. I am in the middle of three books. Local Girls by Alice Hoffman, Madame Bovary, and a nonfiction book of essays by Pankaj Mishra. I have read some/little of all three, and I hate to make the excuse that I have a son, that I have a more-than-full-time job caring for him, but it’s true. And the last couple weeks have been insanely busy. But I am not going to engage in negative self-talk. I read as much as I can. And it’s okay if sometimes I’d rather watch TV than read. Or I’d rather just zone out.