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Mission Accomplished!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


And only a day late.

By the time I got home from the gym last night, and after talking on the phone with a friend for the first time in a long time, I must admit that I crashed in front of the TV last night and watched CSI: Miami and The Daily Show and then went to bed instead of making the minor revisions to my query letter and proposal and going out to the late-night post office.

But I did get it done today!

At lunch, I came home, made the necessary changes, printed everything including the mailing labels, and clipped the two proposals together, ready to be taken to the P.O. tonight. Now I had two choices of times to go: right after work before the six o’clock water aerobics class or after class. When five o’clock rolled around, I knew that if I didn’t go right then, I wouldn’t go after class—and tomorrow night is church on the other side of town from the P.O. I need to go to. So, I fought rush-hour traffic on Donelson Pike and got to the P.O. around 5:30, where I purchased four Flat Rate Priority Mail stamps—two for the outgoing package and two for the return mailers. I double, triple, and quadruple checked to make sure that I was putting the correct proposal in the correct envelope (something I learned through embarrassing circumstances when I was job hunting eight months ago), said a little prayer over them, and put them in the outgoing priority mailbox.

Feeling somewhat exhilarated and somewhat apprehensive, I turned to walk out of the P.O. Then I hear, “Ma’am! Ma’am!”

When I turned, I saw one of the postal workers running after me with a priority mailer in her hand (she was just starting the pickup as I dropped my envelopes in the bin). “Did you just drop off a priority mail envelope?” she asked.

Stomach dropping to my knees, I answered, “Yes.”

“To a . . . lawyer in South Carolina?”

Stomach back where it’s supposed to be. “No.”

So, now I’ve joined the big-girl table of those who are brave enough to send our “babies” out into the world to face either acceptance, rejection, or suggested changes. And believe me, as soon as I know anything, good or bad, it will be posted on this blog!

2 Comments
  1. GeorgianaD permalink
    Friday, September 29, 2006 12:27 am

    Congratulations Kaye! What a rush, isn’t it? You must keep us posted:)

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  2. Jennifer permalink
    Friday, September 29, 2006 9:50 am

    Isn’t is fun?!

    Yeah I got so far as to have my first three chapters requested by a publisher, but the first threee chapters were ‘too’ slow. Something at the time I couldn’t see. Now I can, and I plan to go back and rework it.

    But those rejection slips are never fun. I did frame my first rejection letter. IT had a personal hand written note on it…and it just made the rejection seem less brutal…more encouraging.

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