Today’s post is a cautionary tale.
It’s about a young girl. Let’s call her…Chandlerella. Chandlerella was young, enthusiastic, and oh-so-keen to become a published princess. And she had everything a published princess-in-training could ask for including her most prized possession–a completed, polished manuscript in her hot little hands.
Oh, she remembers the moment when she put that last period on that last sentence. There was champagne and merriment until…
She was cast down into a land called Absolute Write Forumia where she had to slave away in the depths of Query Letter Hell. Chandlerella thought she might never escape until one day the king of Query Letter Hell, JClarke, released her, saying that she was ready to go forth unto the world of the publishing industry.
And Chandlerella was glad. Query Letter Hell had only made her stronger and more ready to be a published princess. With her newfound wisdom and a well-written letter she petitioned a handful of Queen Bee literary agents. She hoped one would guide her through the promised land and introduce her to her Prince Charming.
Sure enough, within minutes, a Queen Bee accepted her petition and wanted to learn more about Chandlerella–all about her, in fact. Chandlerella jumped up and down in her brand new Cole Haan’s and squee’d for joy.
But life for Chandlerella was not meant to work out so easily. Her best friend and companion, the trusty ThinkPad, betrayed her. A fit was thrown and, rather than see Chandlerella succeed, the pesty ThinkPad decided to shutdown forever. And her work was lost…almost.
After weeks of waiting and spending her precious gold, Chandlerella retrieved her lovely manuscript. But, the Queen Bee had already asked what was taking so long twice. Twice! Chandlerella was so embarrassed that she had not been wise enough to back up her most prized possession, the manuscript.
While the Queen Bee was nice and kind and just, Chandlerella had to go to the back of the line and is still waiting to this day to see if she will ever become a published princess.
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Status: Just got back to Philadelphia today. I am so, so tired and plan to take a nap right away. There is so much to do. Packing and writing and reading Betrayed because I can’t help myself. I went to see The Dark Knight, which I think I might discuss later on today.
I also have a great interview to post this morning!