Friday, February 15, 2013

Where the Wild Things Went...

Ok, sort of a borrowed title with a twist eh?

Anyway, it's fitting for today's blog.  And I'm sorry blogettes that I've been a bit lack luster this week in posting, but *stomps foot and points finger in the air...*  I have my reasons!

So, remember me talking about the Pitch Contest back on Feb 7th?

I bet you do...*waggles a finger*

Well, two days ago, I got the following email from the wonderful Ms. Piper Denna as a result to the partial I had sent her:

Hi Margaret,

I read your partial and think I like where the story is going. You do a nice job showing the romantic tension, and so far the writing is fairly clean.

I'd like to see the full manuscript, if you can send it my way.



Now, my first reaction was to jump from my chair, do a looong snoopy dance around my kitchen and giggle outrageously for a good 10 minutes.

After that, however, reality set in and I went back and re-read the email.

The one thing that caught my eye:  "Fairly clean".


Fairly clean!?!?!?!?!  Oh noes!

By the by, that's editorese for, "Ok, I like your style, but there's spots that need work!"

Furiously, I pulled up the full and spent the next 5 hours deeply embedded in making it go from "fairly clean" to, Oh that's so much better! in editorese.  Which for those of you that don't know, the translation would - hopefully will be - "Hey, I like this, would you consider publishing with us?"

By the time I looked up again it was almost 1:30am!

Now, normally this wouldn't be so bad, however, I had to work the next day *and* be in the office - yes, yes, I work at home most days, it's a perk, I know - *and* cover for my boss while she had some errands to run in the AM.

On top of all of that, it was the holiday us single people dread most in the world, V-Day.  Now, granted the office was quiet and I got a lot accomplished, but still!  Doing all that on 3 hrs worth of sleep made Margaret a grumpy girl!  Couple that with the nervousness of having to finish the run-through when I got home *and* the nervousness of even sending the whole thing her way and by the time I was done, I was/still am a wreck!

Today is better though.  I got some sleep last night - always a good thing - got up this AM, finished my work at home relatively early and now I'm ready for a three day weekend of writing, writing, and more writing. 


I'm still nervous about Ms. Denna though.  Will she like it?  Will she not?  Did I write it well enough?  Did I not?

I won't know for awhile I'm sure.  It is a little over 90k after the edits I did on the final run through, so it's gonna take her some time to get it read.  The fact though that she responded as quickly as she did, gives me hope.

I'll let you know as soon as I do.

In the meantime, I joined a fun activity today called the Liebster Award Blog.  Stay tuned for details sometime Sunday or Monday!

Until then,

Thanks for stopping by as always!

Margaret Taylor


  1. Congrats on getting the request! That is wonderful news! :)

  2. Thank you Ms. Melissa. I also entered Lyrical's Contest with another work today. Details are here, but you only have until tonight to enter, so it might be too late!

  3. Gratz and more gratz to my dearest sis! *does happy snoopy dance around the room too* I'm so glad to hear that and I just KNOW that things are going to work out for the best! :)

    Will write more when I have time, my work week is a doozy this weekend! :) thanks to that dreaded damn holiday!

    Love you!