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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Writer's Post: Desire

desire♥  |dəˈzī(ə)r| - noun
a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen

Well, ye-ah! I want it so badly I started this blog. I'm talking about that editor induced book contract.

Hello Mrs. Lansky. As your agent, I called to tell you that five houses loved your manuscript. One woman said, "It made her giggle like a little girl." 

Another stated, "Lansky is a genius, and I must acquire her work." In fact, they are fighting for your manuscript at auction.

Mark Twain -AF Bradley's photo
I wish! I mean seriously. Besides a tomb stone, what do these guys got that I ain't got?

When to get published?That is the question.  
I have five children's novels available for publication; and they are all funny! Four have that much desired boy protagonist. 

Take your pick: 

THE FRIENDSHIP PUZZLE - girl trauma at it's worst. Okay. As my first book, it probably sucks, but surely I could raise it to a higher standard.

DON'T EAT CHIPMUNKS - My thirteen-year-old narrator yearns for his summer adventure in the Colorado Rockies with his Jewish camp group. He soon finds himself struggling for survival, when he gets lost in the mountains with his favorite counselor and two worst enemies. I admit, Remi's a jerk at first, but he learns how to get along with others by the end. Isn't character growth important?

BEING BOMPSY CARLEFFA and THE KILLER WHO LOVED ME -  Fifteen-year-old Ben lives with his mother in a crappy apartment and believes a lie about a father who died twelve years earlier. Life is sweet until a sleazy mobster kidnaps him, shows him that his entire life has been bullsh*t, and screws up his world—forever.

Of course it wouldn't be my book if Ben didn't have a sense of humor. One rejection letter said, "He's too funny for such a serious situation." Too bad professionals are turned off when one writes about one's friend who couldn't go to sleep because she was unable to put down the manuscript. --Yep, it's true, but I can't say that in a query letter. :(

MRS. ZIMMERMAN'S DONUTS - the coming of age story of ten year old Knob and his goofy friend. I recently blogged about it. 

These stories have voice too. I know because folks tell me so in every rejection letter. Hellooooo. Agent, where are you? You are desired


Jo said...

Ditto! Different stories, same rejections.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, well here's the thing: I'm thinking that most of the famous writers today weren't so famous in life. Yeah, Twain could be an exception, but even so, he wasn't living the life of Riley. If you want to be a renowned author, you have to write and then die. So I would suggest that for now, keep writing and keep shopping your work around. And hope to make some money at it.

robert said...

I now this rejection thing.. the mailman and I read them...

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

You are a very talented writer. Personally I think the people who sign on new writers need to take their heads out of their a$$es and realize what is obvious to all the rest of us. When one of them takes the time to take a breath of fresh air, one of your books will be there and Eureka!!! your desires will be realized. I believe it is only a matter of time. They need to get off the pot before you are dead so you can enjoy the fame and fortune you richly deserve. Just saying!! Great take on desires! Sorry I completely screwed up my original comment. :P


THE SNEE said...

Hi Joyce,

I've been out and about in the non virtual world, and see that you've been very busy. I love your new bloggy look, and completely relate to your publishing woes. You are definitely on the right track. I feel in my heart that your time is coming. Do you hear me publishing companies?

Sandee said...

I know nothing about getting published, but I've heard it's very difficult. I'm not a writer so I've no interest. It's a shame that someone with your talent and wit can't get published.

Have a terrific day. :)

unikorna said...

The Ben story seems intriguing, I am sure you don't take seriously the rejection letters, you are too smart for that...Just keep fighting for your books...

Jenn said...

Well--I enjoy the humor in your blog so I can only imagine I'd love the humor in your books!! Where is that Agent??? HMMM Maybe one of us should go snag one with our fish hooks and pull them out of the Agent Sea and bring you one?? Yeah except that is one elusive Sea, I tell Ya!!

You will get published--I have a feeling! Cheers, Jenn.

Rhonda said...

You are funny Joyce, it will happen on day. The desire will end and you will be published. I hear your frustration.

Darlene ~Bloggity Blogger~ said...

I thought fame came after death...LOL. Operating under that assumption, I will leave my many CDs to (TBA), I don't want to spoil the surprise. LOL

Anonymous said...

You'll get there. I'm certain of it.

November Rain - k~ said...

Joyce, Even when the topic goes straight to your heart you make me smile.

:-) You will, and when you do... look out world.

Oh, and the thing those guys up there (points to the pictures you posted) have that you don't... that's an easy one... a mustache!