Human Error

Ugh, I can’t stand when I make an error. As a young girl, I worked in my Dad’s law firm during the summers. My sisters and & would file, pull/replace law books, make copies, answer phones. As we got older we all progressed into secretarial work. Attention to detail was of the upmost importance. We learned to proof-read or edit our own work because if we took it to Dad or another attorney with an error – we had to start over *we didn’t have computers yet* even for 1 tranposed number. So today, I made a simple error, just 1 wrong letter and it could have cost me the chance to have my manuscript reviewed by an editor (at my number 2 desired publishers). I was so upset when I finally caught that one small mistake! My day was ruined, just ruined. I quickly corrected the ‘YA’ to a ‘NA’ and put a little blurb in about my error but that in no way meant anyone even had to look at me again. I was devastated as I went to my daughter’s Spring Dance Program. I put it out of my mind and just enjoyed watching my daughter do what gives her joy…dance. to my surprise when I got home an editor AND not just any editor – the Head Cheese kind of editor – had asked me for more info on my MS!! Instant mood changer – of course by the time I saw it 2hrs later she had gone to bed, being on the East Coast, so I sent over the info she asked for and now shall wait. Now, even if there is no interest in my MS I know that these editors will look at things with a human eye. I could have been shut out but wasn’t. I feel even better knowing they are my number two choice of publishers. Well, actually, they are a part of my number 1 choice but a different branch on the tree. So…good all around. I can sleep content. Good Night

Thursday = busy day

It was a busier than expected Thursday! After a quick trip to the store I got quite a bit of writing done. Then I had two nephews graduate – 1 from USMC boot camp & the 2nd from Navy Hospital Corpsman Training. Then I got involved in my first chat with editors from Carina Press. Had to pick up a sick kid from school and then managed to get more writing done. I learned a lot of great info from the chat with 2 favs (paraphrasing both) 1- a NO today doesn’t mean a NO tomorrow, keep writing & submitting and 2- a letter of R&R is like a test drive to see if author/editor would like to work together. OH – I also won a book which arrived today. What can Friday possibly bring??? Have a great night!