Friday, October 24, 2008

Publishing Wheels Roll Slowly

At least they roll slowly for me. An SASE returned home today with a form letter, no name, no ms. title, so I looked up that publisher to see what I sent, couldn't remember. Well, no wonder. In July, 2007, I sent this editor a query. Heh, heh. The stamp on the envelope should have been a clue. It wasn't the latest stamp. I'm surprised the post office even delivered it. Not to worry though. This particular manuscript sold this summer. I filed the "not interested" letter with the others.

So it's Friday again. Short week. It will be a short weekend too. Tonight I'm working at a fund raiser for our local Friends of the Library. We've just started it and this is our first attempt to raise money. We'll see how it goes. I'm not sure what we're doing. Will find out when I get there. (Can you tell I'm not in charge?)

Saturday, I'm signing copies of Listen to the Ghost at a Paranormal Conference. Speakers from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and I'm not sure where else will be there. It should be fun. Who knows? I might even meet a ghost or two, not counting the one in my story. They're also collecting cans of food for families of soldiers deployed to Iraq and giving away prizes, like an overnight stay at a haunted hotel in nearby Archer City.

Have a great weekend.

Happy reading and writing.


  1. Hello Beverly, what a funny story. Your postman must be sympathetic to deliver an outdated stamp.

    I wish I lived closer. I would come to your book signing. Sounds like a lot of fun.


  2. I hear you on the "slow wheels" of publishing. I have started to use those "forever" stamps on my SASEs because so often the postal rates change between the time I query and the time I hear back!

    I hope your book signing went well.

  3. Hi, Carma,

    Sudh weird things happen that you have to have a sense of humor in the publishing world. It helps to live in a small town where you know everyone that works at the post office.

    The signing was fun though I didn't sell many books. Met a lot of nice people.


  4. Hi, Lisa,

    I bought a lot of the forever stamps but this query wss sent before they came out. (I think.)

    The signing was fun, but didn't sell many books. Learned interesting things about the paranormal and met nice people.


  5. boy can I relate. Two years later, a rejection. And then they say no simultaneous submissions.

    yeah, right. I'll be six feet under if I wait for one sub at a time to be replied.

  6. Me, too, Lea. It's ridiculous to send to only one publisher/agent at a time. Life's too short.



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