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Thursday, November 01, 2007

My husband is never allowed to buy Halloween candy again. EVER. He got home late--which okay, wasn't his fault, as there's nothing you can do about traffic, but since he was late, I had to dip into his chocolate stash because what else was I going to give out, eggs? Jam? Pasta salad? Anyway, the first few trick or treaters that arrived got those tiny Scharfeen Berger bars. Then I ran out of those and started giving out Huckleberry Truffle Bars. They weren't a huge hit, probably because there was a moose on the bar wrapper. And also because no one--including myself--was actually sure what a Huckleberry was. So I greeted my husband with much enthusiasm when he finally arrived:

Him: Hey, I'm home. I--(lurches to the side as I yank the plastic bag he's carrying out of his hand and start rummaging through it)

Me: Good. Now you get to keep the dog from going insane the next time someone rings the doorbell while I hand out the--wait. What is this?

Him: Um.

Me: Mary Janes?? We can't hand this out--it's evil in a wrapper!*

Him: Why is our freezer open? Where's my chocolate?

Me: Um. I love you!

*Okay, I know Mary Janes aren't really evil in a wrapper. They just taste like it.**

**If you love Mary Janes, I salute you. I also wish you'd been with me when I went trick-or-treating as a kid because I received approximately half the world's supply then, and would have gladly given them to you. I suspect some of them are still in a closet at my parent's house, snug in their original wrappers.***

***That is one cool thing about Mary Janes. They seem to be indestructible. I know this because many of the ones I received as a child seemed to be pulled from bags that had originally been purchased in the 1950s.

And now, some links:

Cheryl Klein, an editor at Scholastic, discusses dealing with submissions. Fascinating reading, and a great reminder of how hard editors work.

Query letters--Over at the livejournal community Fangs, Fur, & Fey, several authors have posted the query letters that led to them landing agents and/or book deals. There's even more then the ones I've linked--be sure to check out all the entries from October 24th-27th as well.

The Rejecter looks at what happens when an agent requests a partial (For those not familiar with what a partial is, there's a great explanation here, as well as tips on what to do when you send one in, although obviously page/chapter number requests for partials do vary.)