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Monday, March 2, 2009

Writer's frustrations

Today, I am pretty proud of myself. I spent quite a bit of time re-reading my children's book manuscript and perfecting my cover letter to a prospective agent. I read my letter about 10 times - give or take.

When I was satisfied with the way it was written, I clicked on the print button. While the letter was printing, I grabbed my professional, white mailing envelope and the sheet of plain white labels. I glanced at the printer and was a bit disappointed by what I saw...

You do not need to adjust your monitor...

Yup, my printer is out of ink. (Could I have gotten a little warning - I mean, really!) Nowadays it isn't always easy to just jump up and run to the store. The main issue is money (of course!). Although I have a little bit of extra money, I am hesitant to spend it on something that isn't really a necessity. Something more important could come up.

I bet you're thinking, "Why don't you just email it?" Well, this agency - like most when it comes to children's books - requires the entire manuscript and doesn't open attachments. I don't want to paste a five-page document into the body of an email along with a cover letter. It also takes them a little longer to respond to email queries so I plan to mail them a packet.

The only thing I am happy about is that I didn't get very upset about the ink running out and not being able to mail it today. Thankfully, I have had a good day, mood wise, and this is only par for the course. Hopefully, the rest of today's work/writing activities will go as planned.
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