Fabulous big agent that I really would like to work with has had my novel's manuscript for weeks now. It's normal to have to wait a long time on a decision, and I don't mind the wait, particularly. What I mind is not working on it! I have a new project I'm tinkering with (a sort of semi-sequel to the novel that's out), but I want to know the outcome before I start to work on a sequel. Big Agent might say anything from "it's great but the whole thing should be in third person" to "I would love it if it were sixty pages longer and had a gunfight in it" -- they are the professionals who know what will sell. I feel confident that the idea is great, hopefully they'll feel the same way! In the meantime, I'm sending out short stories and writing flash fiction until I hear back.
Not that I'm sitting around! I've been keeping busy. Pen Parentis' 15th season closed in May and we had a great time because all of the Salons this season were themed. Time Out NY even chose our last Salon as one of "Twenty Awesome things to Do in NYC This Week" and "The Five Best Free Things to do in NYC this Week." We have one more Salon, an encore presentation of Aspects of Love (writers addressing writing about love in very different ways) - called Summer Love it brings together internationally bestselling romance novelist Jennifer Probst, the literary genius of Marcy Dermansky and a Columbia MFA classmate whose most recent novel was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune's annual book award, Gint Aras. (for those of you who are Lithuanian, yep, that's a pen name). I'm really looking forward to this salon. It's on June 13th at 7pm at Andaz Wall Street. Join us.
What's keeping me most occupied however is that I've agreed to host a House of Lit Party on Governor's Island from 11am to 5pm on July 8th as part of the Empire State of the Book Festival. Meg Lemke of MUTHA Magazine is coordinating a full day of events in the house, while Pen Parentis is setting up outside literary-based family-conscious entertainment. We're very excited to do something this big and far-reaching. There are already signs up all over the island (and anyone who knows me personally knows that I adore Governor's Island - it's one of my favorite places in the City). Do stop by on July 8th! It's going to be amazing.
I've also been invited as a guest on Little Water Radio's THE DOWNTOWNER show. That happens May 25th from 10am to 11am. While it is a live show (you can listen in here) there is a good chance there will be a recording made. Tune in!
And light a candle for that agent to want this project!