You don’t know how excited I was when I read the paper this morning and found that Walter Dean Myers was nominated for a National Book Award. I’ll be honest – I haven’t even read Autobiography of My Dead Brother, the novel that is nominated (I’ve really got to catch up on my reading), but I really, really hope he wins.
I’m a little biased. I grew up on Walter Dean Myers (and Virginia Hamilton). They spoke to me when few other authors did. Like most kids, I was a Judy Blume fanatic, but when I wanted to read something with a main character that looked like me, I turned to Mr. Myers and Ms. Hamilton. If they gave National Book Awards for a body of work, he should win, hands down.
In other news, the revisions to the manuscript are going pretty well. I should be finished by sometime next week. After that comes the hard part. Do I spend the money on a professional critique? Do I start sending the manuscript to agents–
Yeah, that’s correct. Recently, my agent and I parted ways. I can’t go into details, but I will say that my agent is a wonderful person and she will make a great agent for a certain type of author. However, I’m not that type of author.
Anyway, as I was saying…what do I do with this manuscript? I think I’m gonna send it out for a professional critique. I THINK Mrs. V is on board. She realizes that the novel I’m working on is pretty special, and I think I’ve convinced her that it’s worth the money and time to get it done right.
Finally, Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine has given Red Polka Dot a Four Star Review. I picked up the magazine in Borders tonight, and after reading the review, I proceed with my “happy dance”. The review almost made up for all the other BS going on right now… (One day, I promise, I will spill the beans on everything).
There’ll be more about the review next week. I’m off to Dallas (again) for a friend’s wedding. Oh, and before I forget…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!!!!