Who didn’t play MASH as a kid? If you say you didn’t, I know you’re lying. Unless you’re a boy and, then, I guess you’re off the hook. I used to be obsessed with that game. Didn’t get to play it that often though…being an only child and not liking to play it myself. Always seemed like a fun game to play with an older neighbor/friend, etc.
Anyway, I miss MASH. Again, who doesn’t? If I had a penny for all the times I married Jonathan Taylor Thomas and lived in a mansion…well, I actually probably wouldn’t be that rich because I also had to marry the smelly guy that sat next to me in class and live in a trash can. Why did we always put trash can as a choice of places to live???
I’ve gotta admit, though, that I haven’t really stopped playing MASH. Embarrassing? Sure. But, now I play it with big-kid stuff. (I mean, I AM all of 22 years old.)
With writing there is a lot of waiting around, so what more productive way to spend your time then playing Publishing Career MASH? (Please don’t start listing.)
Here’s how you play:
Take out a sheet of paper. As the heading write P, D, R, N, S. Got it? PDRNS, catchy, eh?
P stands for publisher. Write four imprints vertically underneath.
D stands for deal. Write nice, good, significant, major underneath.
R stands for reviews. Write rave, ok, worst book ever, not reviewed underneath.
N stands for number of books in your deal. Is it a one book deal, two book, three book, or four book deal?
Finally, S stands for sales. Write 1 book, 2,000, 100,000, NYT bestseller.
Good. Now give yourself ten seconds to draw tallies. Don’t pay attention to how many you are drawing. Ok….GO. Count them up.
Next step: Take your number, start with the first imprint and start counting down the columns and then over to the next row. Each time you start at the top of the row. When you count do your number, cross off what you landed on. For instance, if you land on “good deal,” you cross that out. Then, you begin counting again starting with “significant deal.” Once you’ve crossed out everything but one from a column, you circle the remaining entity.
By the end you’ll have crossed out everything but one selection from each column. That is your publishing career. It’s science.
Let me know what your future reveals!
Status: I’mma wet my pants. The Office and Twilight in one night. What did I do to deserve it??? I DID go to the library today. (Never fear, I bought books earlier! But, a girls gotta eat.) I selected Mr. Norell and Jonathan Strange as a book on tape to listen to on my way back home for Thanksgiving. Very excited! Been meaning to read this one forever. Nate and I also go Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis to read together. And he chose Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely to read on his plane ride to NYC tomorrow. I’ve been begging him to read this one forever. And can I just tell you how excited I am for her graphic novel coming out from Bowen Press (slash Tokyopop I believe)!???