Waiting On: Carina Press, Samhain, and Judith Ehrlich Literary
Working On: New Historical Paranormal and Contemporary Paranormal
World's worst waitress, that's me. Once, a couple of years ago, one of my bosses at KFC told me he was surprised I ever managed to keep a job. I was pretty shocked about it to, not that he said it, but that he was right. I still kind of am shocked. I'm not very good at any of the jobs I get, the only upside to hiring me was that I showed up on time and handled customers pretty well. Aside from that there were forgotten orders, mistakes in the orders, no stock done when I closed, and I was just pretty slow in general. Which is why I'm hoping this writing thing pays off one day.
I don't ever expect to get rich off it or anything, I'm well aware of how few authors can actually make a living from their writing on its own. What I am hoping for is when the inevitable day comes when I do get my ass canned, that I might have a career (even a teeny tiny one) to fall back on, even though I suspect that, like my other jobs, I'm not too good at writing either.
Example--though this could be considered good news as well :D--I got a request for revisions from Smahain! Yay! Go me.
Anyway, the editor, Jennifer Miller, sent me an e-mail with a couple of points she wanted me to look at. One was that they fell in love too quickly. She wanted it more drawn out, more scenes, and a little more conflict between the men. They are enemies! There should be some tension between them when they're not having sex! Fair enough. Changed.
Second, she felt the families were a little too cardboard, they weren't villainous enough, and that when one of the characters thought about his future wife--whom he'd have to marry against his will--with glee when he discovers she is sick and the wedding needs to be postponed, she thought that was mean and not too heroic of him. Makes sense. Fixed it.
Third point: I need to work on my spelling and grammar.
Honestly, it was kind of funny, now that I look back on it. The other points she made were in semi-long paragraphs explaining what she would like, but that last point was just a simple sentence. Like an afterthought.
Anyway, I made the changes, then re-read it for spelling and grammar probably ten times, and sent them to Miller's personal e-mail a bit over a week ago, I'm still waiting to hear back on whether I delivered on the goods or if she'd going to pass.
Seriously, though, my spelling and grammar are balls. My dream of being an editor are crushed. Which is why I need to work on that and actually sell some books, otherwise I'm going to stay being the world's worst waitress for the rest of my life. Who knows, I might even be serving you someday.