This has been an awesome few days. A professional personage who is NOT a friend/CP/relative was kind enough to read GOTH, and she gave me wonderfully positive feedback. I got my final travel itinerary from Avon (this will be the first time in my life – possibly the last – that one of those guys holding signs in the luggage area will be waiting for me!). And I got my first reply to a few queries I sent out Monday – an agent requested pages!

So I’ve done a bit of happy dancing.

But before I go completely distracted, I invite anyone and everyone who might have a question for Avon to post away. I may not be able to work them all into conversation, but I’ll do my best. Anything you’re dying to ask about industry trends, cover art, the publishing process, etc…. If you’re wondering about it, I probably should be wondering, too!

Happy Easter or Passover to those who celebrate!

11 comments to “Progress! Plus, Question Box.”

  1. beverley
    · April 6th, 2007 at 3:45 pm · Link

    An agent requested pages! Wonderful news and the beginning of a long writing career. Have a blast in NYC.

    Hmmm, question for Avon. In an engaging query they might receive by email, what weight of it lies with the writer having published in the past to truly engage their interest and request a full?

  2. Gillian
    · April 6th, 2007 at 4:12 pm · Link

    My question would be something I’ve seen debated on several sites-

    When they ask the author-to-be “So what else have you written?” , do they hope to hear you’ve “linked” every story, or that you have several single titles done?

    Not sure how you’d work that into conversation, but I would be curious.

    Have a fun and safe trip. Looking forward to seeing you at in Dallas. 🙂

  3. CM
    · April 6th, 2007 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Many many congratulations!

    My question for Avon: When are you going to publish Tessa’s book?

    If you’d prefer something a little less personal, I’d ask this:

    When you’re all sitting around saying, “I wish I had seen such-and-such a manuscript,” what does such-and-such consist of?

  4. Lenora Bell
    · April 6th, 2007 at 10:24 pm · Link

    Happy dance for Tessa! I expected no less. An agent asking to see pages after only a few days–of course!!

    I second CM’s questions.

  5. Sara
    · April 6th, 2007 at 11:34 pm · Link

    I spent today looking up agents and submission guidelines. I don’t think my mother was amused when, after asking why I had placed one agency at the top of my list, I responded that their office was really pretty… But it is!
    As for Avon, say hi to (the other) Tessa and Carrie for me. Oh, and give Eloisa a big hug from me!

  6. Maggie Robinson
    · April 7th, 2007 at 6:07 am · Link

    Oh! I’m thrilled for you. Snagging an agent with a query letter is harder than writing the book! When you get around to it, I’d love to see your query and how you reeled her in (using a sporting metaphor from GOTH, of course).

    I’d ask Avon how long it takes, start to finish, from when they buy your book to publication. Months? Years?

    I’m so excited for you. Have a great trip. I hope they take care of you with exquisite care.

  7. Tessa Dare
    · April 7th, 2007 at 8:35 am · Link

    Great questions, guys – I’ll start a list. CM – gee, I wish I had the guts to ask that!

    Maggie, I’ll email you a copy of my query letter.

  8. Leigh
    · April 7th, 2007 at 9:46 am · Link

    (Sorry- I deleted because of a blasted typo.)

    I love all the good news!! Congrats!

    I second Maggie’s question for Avon- how long does it take to get your book on the shelf? I’m also curious how many books are sold by newer authors, on average.

    You’re so sweet to open up the forum for our questions. Good luck!

  9. ERiCA
    · April 7th, 2007 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Yay! Congratulations! Can’t think of any questions off the top of my head, but I know I’ll be eagerly waiting all the great answers!

  10. Lindsey
    · April 8th, 2007 at 7:26 am · Link

    Woot! Congratulations! But no surprises – GOTH is fabulous and everyone’s going to see that!

    You don’t have to specifically ask, but if it comes up, I’m curious to know their impressions of FanLit – what it was like from the back end.

  11. Ericka Scott
    · April 10th, 2007 at 8:47 pm · Link

    OMG! Good for you with the agent requesting pages!!!!

    and to Avon I’ll echo CM — when are they publishing Tessa’s book!