I MUST BE OFF! is a photo-literary travel blog by expat writer Christopher Allen. He has selected this very blog Fiction Doldrums to feature in an ongoing series of blogs that use humor for broader commentary. It is a blog carnival site, meaning it selects, rates, categorizes and comments on blogs. The new edition goes live next on Jan 15th. It's nice to get a little chuck on the shoulder and Chris was cool to interact with, digitally at least.
Other art and writing related developments:
I was unexpectedly contacted by literary agent with a generous suggestion to submit my manuscript to her agency. Which was a nice development, but absolutely no guarantee that it will move forward.
An Artist book pow wow, intended to be a discussion about some upcoming opportunities, turned into a pitch session that ended with a concrete publishing and distribution opportunity, accompanied by an impending deadline. The book will be a year in the making. The first meeting at which we start mapping out details in a few days.
Got the nod from Columbia College's DEMO magazine for future freelance assignments. It has high production values and is distributed fairly widely. Whenever it arrives in my mailbox, I appreciate the design and particularly the photo reproductions.
Also, an editor I know asked if I'd commit to freelance editing for his publication. He asked my rate, I told him, he accepted. Done deal.
A story of three rejections:
Over the past few weeks I received as many rejections. One rejection was pro forma, just your average rejection letter.
The second rejection was disappointing because the agent had requested additional pages twice and I'd allowed myself to hold out hope for good news in this particular case.
I also was asked to submit my entire manuscript to an agent at a very prestigious agency. After looking through my records, turns out the request had come from an agent who had already read the first chapter. That seemed positive. I sent pages Away. Many days later I received a very warm, friendly and truly encouraging rejection letter. The first 'graph was so kind I thought it was an acceptance letter. It read,