It’s been a week
Day 1: I was sweating this day since I really had no plan and only a short list of five or so things for the 30 days I’m supposed to be doing this challenge. And then we got an email update from an old intern. She was interviewing for an editorial assistant position. I really loved having her in the office and think she would be an amazing addition to the publishing community. When I heard who she was interviewing with I wanted to drop an unsolicited email with my recommendation. I debated. I didn’t want to step on any toes and I didn’t know the editor personally. And then I thought of the challenge. Go out there and do what might feel uncomfortable. So I dropped the editor an email recommending our former intern and, simultaneously, pitching a new project. –it took a few days (and a phone call) to realize I had been stuck in the spam filter. No word on the intern, success on the submission
2: Sent out a difficult email without any sugar-coating. –was received fairly well. No tears.
3. Went out for dinner and asked for a free sample. –success. It was delicious
4. Contacted a company I had once tweeted about to ask for coupons and free samples. — coupons are in the mail!
5. Called Bouchercon hotels to see if rooms opened up –fail
6. Opened myself up to accept author appointments at Bouchercon. I think many authors would be surprised to know that agents can be stressed about something like this too. I mean, how embarrassing would it be if no one signed up?