Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

We're actually going to change the order and make it the bad, the good and the ugly.

The Bad: Unless this is your first visit to my blog (and if so, welcome!), you've heard about my involvement in the Amazon contest. Quick rundown: Out of 10,000 submissions, my book made it to the top 100. Unfortunately, it stopped there. I did not make it to the top three finalist list. But that's not the bad news.

When I sent in my manuscript to Amazon, I basically signed a contract saying Penguin "owns" my book until the contest is over. Now that I'm out of the running, I'm ready to take off and find an editor, a publisher, the coupon I lost last week...anything!

Here's the bad news (finally!): I just found out (by sheer luck) that Penguin still holds the rights to THE GIFTED until June 30th. That means I am legally prohibited from querying publishers or agents. In other words I can't do anything with my book until July 1st (because it's not really "mine").

Phew, that was a close one! I was moments away from pushing SEND and releasing my book to see if any agent fishies bite.

The Good: There is still a possibility that Penguin will want to publish THE GIFTED. That would be awesome! It'd save the trouble of having to hook an agent or a publisher, and I'd be a real live author. Ok, so I'm a real live author now, but you know what I mean.

The Ugly:


...'Nuff said.

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Kadie said...

Oh my goodness. That cat/dog/whatever it is made me want to puke!

Deborah said...

I'm not sure what it is, but it kind of looked like a real-life version of Sid the Sloth.

Maura said...

hey just because you dont' like my new do...doesn't mean you have to publish it under the ugly!!!!

j/k. that was super funny!

G said...

awe only a face a mother could love, I think it is cute, you have to look under the surface to find the beauty, bet it has the heart of gold.
good luck with your book. I want to read the finished product.
love you

Dena said...

What a bummer! I guess you'll just have to keep your enthusiasm and momentum for a few more months! It is a good thing you realized that before you hit the send button though ;)