Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My 3-year-old is Gone - Robin

No, not my son, Luke. My other baby…my middle grade manuscript that I gave birth to three years ago. Alright fine. More like four years ago.

Today I sent him out into the world, all on his own, to see if he will be adopted by the loving editors at Dutton. I picture him sitting on their front door step, shivering from the New York cold. “It was so warm and cozy back on my mommy's laptop in California,” my manuscript will say.

The editors will crack open their doors early in the morning, push back the black snow, look down, and there they will find my cute little shivering manuscript. “He's so adorable!” they'll say. “Let's keep him! Can we? Can we…please?” They'll plead with their publisher, and she will reply, “Now we can't go keeping every sorry looking manuscript that shows up at our door. What are we? A publishing zoo!?”

And the editors will say, “But look at his unique voice and his story arc and his adorable little ending!”

The publisher will scratch her chin, tickle my manuscript behind the ears, give a little smile and say, “Hell no. Throw him out the back of the station wagon when no one's looking.”

At least, that's what I think will happen.

8 comments:

Disco Mermaids said...

I've got a question regarding submitting our babies to New York. If we query, without having completely finished the book, should we send a Self Addressed Stamped Embryo?

- Jay

Disco Mermaids said...

Okay...that's just gross. I would never stamp an embryo. Now a uterus, that's a different story.

- Robin

Miss P AKA Her Royal Cliqueness said...

Robin,

Take heart. The East Coast has had a freakish warm streak. It's going to be damn near 70 degrees on Sunday!

So your baby isn't cold.

Now whether or not he'll be dropped in the Hudson from the station wagon...that I can't promise.

Much luck!!

Anonymous said...

Great comments!
Those of us on the east coast send up a little prayer for your baby, that he will not only be safe but will flourish as well.
carolyn

Anonymous said...

Oh, Robin. I totally disagree with you. I picture your little one all dressed in Baby Juicy Couture right now, adorned with satin ribbons, lying in a cute basket while Dutton throws a shower for him (an aquisitions shower, of course...you've never heard of it?). Oh, yeah. They have finger sandwiches and brie and book-shaped cupcakes. And there's a prize for whomever finds the manuscript with a raisin in it!

Don't mind me, I'm on hallucinagenic drugs.

- Eve

Disco Mermaids said...

Oh, Eve. You're so encouraging when you're on pain killers after your surgeries. Can you get your tonsils taken out more often?
But seriously, now I've got the munchies for book-shaped sandwiches. Mmmmm...
Robin

Kelly said...

Good luck to your baby! I hope he finds a good home.

Anonymous said...

Mmm...book shaped sandwiches. Good luck with the submission! (And I hope the warm streak continues.)

Jessica