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“And now, June Hur, reporting live from the trenches…”

 I received an email response from Literary Agent#1. I was expecting her to reply via snail mail. So when I saw her message, I went: OH MY GOD. My cousin, who was in the other room, thought I’d gone mad. Anyway, Agent#1 said that my story was the only one in a “very large stack” that had interested her …BUT (yes, there is always a “but”!!!) she wrote that she would be interested in my work if I made my heroine (Amanda) pure. This meant that Amanda couldn’t be a prostitute but perhaps a maid at the brothel.

Throughout the following hours I paced about pulling at my hair. To no longer make Amanda a prostitute, I feared, would undermine the very theme of my work: redemption. I went through a brutal love/hate relationship with this idea of rewriting my story. Loved it, because I knew it was possible, knew it wouldn’t be too hard to change, knew it was my only hope of winning over Agent#1.

But…  

Everything turned out so well. My gratitude goes out to Val-Rae and Bennetts (he has published a wonderful historical that must be read by anyone who loves Regency history – press release). Val helped me realize that the rewrite might actually strengthen my story, and she gave me all the reasons why, and now I am convinced that she is right. Bennetts helped me realize that my theme of redemption would not be undermined by the change. A lady who is forced to work in the brothel, to live day to day under the constant fear of being abused, would leave her as traumatized. With all the “head-images” of the deprived underworld she must witness daily, of the degradation she must suffer, Amanda would still be a woman in need of redemption.

Some of you who have been following my story for two years now might be furious to know that I’ll be changing Amanda into a maid. But I assure you, the story is still pretty much the same. Amanda will still be the same person.   

Anyway, the rewrite is almost complete. The changes I needed to make, albeit difficult for the first two chapters, were surprisingly easy for the rest. I will likely be sending my work to Agent#1 sooner than the “few months” I requested her to give me. Val and I made a deadline for each other—that we would get our work finished by February 11th

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my latest article posted on Let the Words Flow: How to Make a Book Trailer in 10 Easy Steps. And, speaking of which, don’t forget to participate in our Book Trailer contest! It ends on January 22nd!! The winner will receive an ARC of SING ME TO SLEEP by Angela Morrison, a bag of confectionary goodies (i.e. candy), and a query letter and/or first 3 chapters critique of your work by the LTWF contributors! If you don’t want the query letter critique—or if you’re not at that stage yet—you can opt to receive a signed copy of PRADA AND PREJUDICE from LTWF’s own Mandy Hubbard!

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The Journey to Finding U.S. Postage

For writers who live outside of the States, just so you don’t freak out like me, here is a forewarning:

Stamps are Serious Business.

After I received a partial request from an agent, I prepared my synopsis, author’s bio, and first 50 pages along with my query letter, to send off to her. But when I got to the post office, I learned that they were unable to include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope), which is needed for an agent to reply back to me with. I was advised to order U.S. postage through the USPS (United States postal service) website. But I later learned that USPS does not deliver to foreign countries!

My other option was to use an International Reply Coupon, but the cons to this is that 1) Agents would have to take the trouble of going all the way to their post office to exchange the coupon for a U.S. stamp and send their response from there—so if it was a formal rejection letter, I doubt they’d take the trouble, and so you would be across the border sighing and waiting for their response that will never be sent, and 2) the IRC has an expiry date!!!! I really did not want to take the chance.

Arcade Coin co. is on 10 King Street East Suite 301

In my struggle to find out what other options I had, Savannah from Let The Words Flow offered to send me (smuggle over the borders?) a booklet of U.S. stamps since she lives in the States. I would have had to impose upon her kindness had I not discovered that on King and Yonge street there was a shop called Arcade Coin Co. that sold the current issues of U.S. postage. It would cost 70-something cent for a letter-sized envelope to be delivered from New York to Toronto, so I bought an extra 10 cent stamp to paste on, since there is price fluctuations for postage at times.

I was going to send the requested material via priority mail but the lady at the post office said the receiver would have to give a signature for this (In the State, however, it seems that priority mail doesn’t require a signature). Thus, if the agent isn’t home when the postman comes by, she would have to take the trouble of going to the post office to pick it up. I doubt she’d bother—what with the hundreds of manuscripts she probably receives every month. So I sent the material via Xpresspost with the words “REQUESTED SUBMISSION” written on the bottom right-hand corner.

 For the specifics on how to mail a partial or full, check out the guidelines here AgentQuery

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