Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Paranoid

Author paranoia is a dreadful thing. I have been waiting for the last few weeks to hear my agent's thoughts on the first half of my new novel. Of course, during that time, I have convinced myself that

1) The new novel is absolute crap
2) Agent can't bring himself to tell me the new novel is absolute crap and is hoping I'll forget about sending it
3) Lucy Diamond is soon to be a washed-up has-been author
4) Who was I trying to kid? My career is over and I might as well give up

etc etc. Soul-destroying, or what?

BUT it turns out that due to missed emails and a malfunctioning Blackberry, my agent never received the ms in the first place, and then, when he finally read it and sent his response, his email never reached me! Bloody technology!!! It has almost driven me to a nervous breakdown of angst and misery. From now on, it's paper and a quill pen and the good old Royal Mail all the way from me. Except when I need to blog things, of course. Ahem.

Anyway, I did get his feedback last night. And...deep breath...he really likes the ms, and said all sorts of fab things about it that I'm far too modest to type up here.
So I think it's going to be a happy Christmas after all. Lucy Diamond lives to write another day!!!

12 comments:

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Yippee! That's great news.

Author paranoia here... author envy over at Jen's blog... what a life we lead!!!

Lucy Diamond said...

What a life indeed - we are such tortured souls! It was such a relief to get the thumbs-up, though, I hadn't realised just what a pit of doom I'd sunk myself into!

SpiralSkies said...

Oh, how fantastic to get the thumbs-up the week before Christmas. Am right chuffed for you!

Lucy Diamond said...

Oh cheers Jen, thanks for the chuffment! (that should definitely be a proper word!)

Leigh said...

Ha ha ha!
How nice to go from the pits to the tops. This is a great excuse to be a pessimist!

(I'm sure a bit of self-doubt is very healthy. In my experience, all those people who think they're really good, are either really, really good, or complete crap.)

Fiona said...

I have a tiny inkling of how you felt. I got a contract to write a non fiction book about three months ago. I signed contract and sent back within twenty four hours and wrote 20K of book. A few days ago, publisher emailed to say she was sorry I hadn't felt able to agree the contract. WHAT!!!

Sorted now but scary.

Vicky said...

if we realize that our paranoia is probably unfounded, why do we give in to it time and time again?? i have a meeting later with a friend of mine to illustrate her book, and i find myself criticising and agonising over my drawings more than usual. hold thumbs!

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi Leigh, I guess the low of self-doubt did make the high of approval even sweeter, but all the same...I'm glad the ride is over (until the next time)!

Oh no, Fiona, what a nightmare! Glad you have got it sorted out now but ooh, that must have been a horrible moment. I can just imagine that lurch you must have felt inside...

Hi Vicky - good luck with the illustrations! Hope your friend loves them.

Debi said...

It's so unfair when the technology conspires with the paranoia.

Strongly advise against trusting snail mail though. Hand delivery? Make 'em sign? Send round Da Boyz with instructions to wait for (positive) feedback?

Glad it all turned out ok (and more!) in the end ...

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