Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Week of Ups

And it's off. My macho manuscript is off to two publishing houses in New York. I don't think I've mailed something to New York since the time I ordered some magic hair potion advertised in the back pages of Teen Magazine!


As you can see, it didn't help.

Fingers are crossed. (For both the manuscript and the long awaited results of the hair potion.)

I would say that this is the "Up" in, Banana Peelin': The Ups and Downs of Becoming a Writer. In fact, this whole week has been an "up": One manuscript as ready as it will ever be in the mail, a new manuscript coming to me in sleep, and a banana peelin' blurby blurb from one of my favorites, Sharon Creech.

But oh wait, it gets better. One of my most cherished writing buddies, Heather Newman, wrote the most flattering write-up about ME,( yes me!) on Marcie Colleen's wonderful Friendspiration series. I was and still am taken aback by the effort and kind words not only contributed by Heather, but also by many other writing friends that I have come to know and love this past year. Thank you so much all of you.

But oh wait, it gets better. This week I have two more things to which I can look forward.

Wednesday, I will be on author, Susanna Leonard Hill's, Would You Read It? series, where I will share an awful picture book pitch that is dying to be pruned. Feel free to come help this sista out by leaving your suggestions.

Thursday, I have the wonderful author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld, on the blog, sharing her experiences balancing work and a new family. I think as passionate driven people, we have all had too much on our plate. Cori's heartfelt and honest post is part of my month long tribute to authors of my favorite books. In case you don't have your copy of Cori's, Little Bunny Foo Foo, I highly recommend picking one up. It is silly, demented in the best way possible, and beautifully illustrated. A must have for our family!

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  1. Up, up and away. Crossing those toesies for those manuscripts, Elizabeth. What a grand week!

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    1. Yay! I am thankful to have you and your toesies rootin' for me Joanna! Thanks so much!

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  2. Send, send, send, send. Forget about it. Forget about it. Write the next good thing. Send. Send, and repeat.

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    1. Sent, sent, sent, and forgot about it. Well, not really...but I'm trying. Kinda. Okay, I really did this time. What were we talking about? =)

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  3. Good luck Elizabeth!!
    ~kara

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    1. Yay Kara! Great to see you here! Thanks so much! xoxo

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  4. I'd say "fingers crossed" but at the snail's pace publishing moves, better not! Good luck. And have fun with your new mss.

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    1. I definitely wouldn't want to cut off any circulation in my fingers! Good thinking Dana! Thanks so much!

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  5. Crossing fingers for you and your "macho manuscripts." Good luck.

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    1. Oh thank you Kirsten! He may be macho, but he still gets nervous about rejection! =)

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  6. Yipee for an Ups week! And best of luck on your submissions!

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    1. Ups week is the best! Thanks so much Penny, you prize-winner, you! =)

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  7. Hope to hear good news from NY! Glad you're having an UP week! Makes me feel like blowing up balloons...(movie UP)

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  8. So glad you've head a good week! Fingers and toes crossed for those mss in NY! (although I don't think you need luck - I've seen your writing :)) Looking forward to people's thoughts on your pitch tomorrow and to your post with Cori is is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks for all the crossing. I am sitting here with my eyes crossed and it makes it kinda hard to type, but I'm makind do. =) Thanks for your kind words and for hosting me and my pitch tomorrow!

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  9. Go lizzy face! If you ever need me to hand deliver something I'd be happy to do it.
    -Cody

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    1. Yay Cody! So good to see you here! You're too nice! Thanks for the offer. =) Hope you are doing well out there. =)

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  10. I admire the way you get your writing out there. Go Elizabeth!

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    1. Why thank you...sometimes I wish I had a little more patience. =/

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  11. Woo-hoo! To quote the immortal Dr. Seuss, "Great Day for Up!" Yay for a week of wonderful! And your macho manuscript, mailed off to TWO publishing houses in New York - you must feel all Holly Golightly right now. Living vicariously through a favorite blog never felt so good! Thanks for the boost - looking forward to Thursday!

    NotAnonymously yours,
    Melissa Kelley

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    1. "Great day for up!" indeed! Thanks so much Melissa. See you Thursday!

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  12. Hooray for sending Macho out into the world!! Very exciting. I'm glad I could be a part of your week of UP, it's been a good one for you :)

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    1. Thanks for making my week, or I should say my YEAR Heather! We'll see if little Maximiliano gets any takers. =)

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    1. He's goin'! He's goin'! And he's back? Just got a really nice rejection letter from an agent. Liked the humor and writing, but the story wasn't for her. She said I could send her more work though. I'm slightly satisfied in a way. She liked my writing!?! That feels kinda good. =) But I love my man Maximiliano.

      The End

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  14. Oh my goodness, this sounds like FABULOUS week for you! Good for you!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donnalmartin.com
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Donna! It really has been wonderful! =)

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  15. What a great week! Good luck with your manuscript, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Awww... Thanks so much! I'll need those crossed fingers! =)

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  16. "And so, Elizabeth Stevens Omlor... became an author."

    This is IT!! Love you!

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    1. Ha! Bethany, you're awesome. I sent it to our guy who likes drool and boy books, so we'll see. I'm just nervous because it does have some Spanish language in there, so I wonder if that will make it even more difficult to get it through. Argh!

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  17. MACHO is marvelous on so many levels . . . just like you, Elizabeth!

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    1. Thanks Lori! You are pretty marvelous yourself! xoxo

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  18. Thanks goodness up-weeks come along now and then. So exciting! Good luck.

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    1. Yes! I love me some up weeks! Thanks so much Genevieve!

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  19. Hi Elizabeth. I just clicked over from Susanna's. Nice to meet you! Wishing you all the best with your submission!

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    1. Ruth! So great to see you here! Nice to meet you and thanks for the well wishes! =)

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  20. An up week is soooo nice. Congratulations! I'll hop over to look at your pitch now.

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    1. Lovin' the up week. =) Thanks so much for your helpful feedback on the pitch today Carrie. =)

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  21. Yay! Great for you. Now the difficult part is in the waiting. But as they say in New York: "Forgedaboudit!" Work on the story in your head and the news will come in no time. Wishing you well!

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    1. Ah, yes the waiting. I've already cleaned my whole house, top to bottom, including the baseboards. =) Love the idea of fugettinaboudit....I am definitely trying, Romelle! =) Thanks so much for your comment! Great to see you here!

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  22. Hålla tummarna! 'Holding my thumbs' is what I'd say if I were Swedish. I am not, even if I do enjoy a good meatball. So I'll just keep my fingers crossed for you, in case any MS-faeries are flitting about - wouldn't want to confuse them!

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    1. Ooohhh...thanks Julie. Good thinking. We wouldn't want them to be confused! :) Thanks so much for holding you thumbs for me!

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  23. Up, up and away! Best wishes with the submission, and here's to hoping you have another great week.

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  24. Wow! Congratulations and best of luck! I enjoyed your pitch on Susanna's blog and it looks like you have some great stories brewing!

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