Monday, January 4, 2010

ODDS 'N ENDS

New Years day . . .
I walked into Barnes and Noble  . . .
Gift card in hand.
I hadn’t been in this book store for a while.
Normally, I go to Borders.
Herds of book lovers wandered the aisles . . .
Occupied all the chairs . . .
Sat in the Starbucks with their laptops.
I went in specifically to buy the 2010 Guild To Literary Agents.
Buying it was one of my 2010 writer goals.
In 2009, I did searches for agents on the Internet . . .
But there are so many websites, it was annoying to keep it all organized.
Having used the Guide To Literary Agents in the past for my first novel, I found it calming to have all agent listings in one book . . .
In my hand . . .
So I could read it in any room I want . . .
Even on a plane.
Not familiar with what aisle the 2010 Guild To Literary Agents might be in,
I strolled . . .
My eyes feasting on . . .
All the new releases . . .
The 50% offs . . .
And all the beautiful coffee table books.
My eyes danced in their sockets dazzled . . .
Like when I watch the reels spin in slot machines.
My mind jumbled as images of books bounced around . . .
Like lottery ping pong balls in a drum.
I couldn’t concentrate . . .
Too many book titles . . .
Too many book covers . . .
I was experiencing . . .
BOOK OVERLOAD!
So many books  . . .
So little time to read them.
And I want to read all of them.
But I needed to focus . . .
And so I asked the store employee to point me to where the 2010 Guide To Literary Agents would be.
OMG!
Just one copy left . . .
And another person was hovering by it . . .
I didn’t want to lose this opportunity . . .
Especially when I had a fifty dollar gift card . . .
And so I . . .
Snatched it!
Right off the shelf . . .
Right in front of the other woman . . .
Sorry!
But this is my first writing goal for 2010  . . .
No, not to rude . . .
But to . . .
FOCUS!
Focus on methodically researching agents.
Focus on methodically sending out query letters.
Focus on finding and attending writer conferences.
Focus on establishing a better on-line presence.
And by focusing . . .
I know I'll increase the odds of . . .
Getting published.

Always, Em-Musing

3 comments:

chuck.sambuchino said...

Thank you for snatching.

Chuck
www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Karen, for snatching and acting on your writing goal for 2010. Way to go. Patrice

Sloan Parker said...

Hahaha! Glad you got your copy. I'm impressed that you're starting early to reach your goals. Way to go!! With that attitude, I'm sure this is going to be a great year for you. Best of luck with the rest of your goals!!