Thursday, July 7, 2011
Interview with a Manuscript
Plotting and Scheming: Look at you, all printed out! This is a very exciting day for you, I'm sure.
manuscript: Yeah, it's good to be here.
Plotting and Scheming: So are you going to tell us your name?
manuscript: Not yet. Even though Dawn has a blog where she talks on and on about her writing life, she is pretty private about her work. She's weird that way.
Plotting and Scheming: Has Dawn started querying agents with you?
manuscript: No, though I have met a couple at manuscript consultations. They were like really cool yoga instructors, trying to help me become my very best--you know, suggesting where I could trim fat, where I needed strengthening. Once we start querying, I'll need to smile with my first five pages, wink with my first ten, and show a little thigh with my first fifty. I must be in prime shape for that!
Plotting and Scheming: You're looking pretty good from here. You know, stacked.
manuscript: *blushing* Honestly, nineteen pages aren't with me at the moment. Dawn and her critique group are still fine-tuning my ending. Yet here I am--most of me--in black and white. Dawn wanted to print me out because she says it's easier to see my flaws on paper at this stage. Kind of unfair, though. She used cheap paper--not what she'd send to agents who ask for hard copies. Also, she tried a cheaper ink, and it really does nothing for me. Our normal ink makes my i's pop.
Plotting and Scheming: Let's talk fears. Do you have any?
manuscript: Of course I do! Not what you might expect, though. I mean, in paper form I'm vulnerable to coffee stains and rain, and nobody likes ugly wrinkles. And don't even get me started on paper shredders--they give me the willies. But I don't have to worry about any of those things because Dawn's husband is really good about making sure I'm backed up electronically. My fear...
Plotting and Scheming: Go ahead. You can tell us.
manuscript: I fear "the drawer." I've heard of life after drawer, but it's all too scary to imagine--like ghost stories. I'm a virgin manuscript; I've never seen the inside of an agent's inbox and I don't yet know the taste of rejection. I have big plans for myself! I want an A-list agent to laugh and cry in all the right places, to be excited about me, to fall in love with me. I want him or her to see me for all I am and all I can be, to hope to submit me to all the right houses. I want my own Facebook page! I WANT TO BE A BOOK!
Plotting and Scheming: I think that says it all.
Best of luck to everyone who is stepping into the query waters. Dream big!