As my last student was leaving after the last final exam of the day, an email popped up in my Entourage. The subject line said RE: Query - KnightSpelle.
"Crap," I thought. "Just what I need. Another rejection." For a second, I thought about moving it to the submissions file without reading it. I could at least go home, get dinner, and take some more decongestant before I passed the bad news on to my co-author, right?
But it never pays to put off nasty realities, so I opened the email.
And read this, "Thank you for sending me sample pages of your novel, KNIGHTSPELLE. I would like to take a look at the entire manuscript."
WooooHooooo!!!! Somebody is willing to read our novel! Somebody not already our buddy!
There's lots more in the email about format and return times and stuff. And I know from painful experience that a "please send me your ms" is not an offer of representation. But it's a big step in the right direction! Yay!!
Much like my reaction to the death of OBL I have very little rational reaction to this. Just a big dopey grin and a sense that the horizon has become visible again. Updates as a events warrant. (Though I doubt President Obama will throw us a press conference.)