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  • September 30th, 2005 | 9:40 PM
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Progress - not much. I'm coming down with a cold so I know that means lots of fluids and naps and the only thing I will do when I have the energy is work on the revisions for Hugging the Rock.

I am very frustrated because all the progress I made last week in mailing out review books and press kits for Oliver is probably going to have to be done all over again because I was a ditz. Monday I mailed all the packets, priority mail no less, but forgot that anything over a pound had to be taken inside the Post Office (hey, at 6am on the way to work I'm doing good to remember the way TO the Post Office.) So I dumped 17 packets into the mail drop which, of course, will not be delivered because they could be a threat. The Post Office sent two back the next day but 15 have gone missing. The priority mail postage is bad enough but there goes 15 copies of Oliver out in the netherlands. Sigh. Perhaps someone will read it in the confiscated items room at Post Office central and fall in love with Oliver. I'd like to think the rest of the packages will find their way back to me but I'm thinking that's probably not too likely. Oh well. Note to self - from now on do all mailing AFTER work when I am more awake.

One royalty check arrived today. It wasn't much but considering that I thought the books were going OP, I'm happy. It will help replace the Oliver books I've lost. Time to take some Airborne and some brandy and crawl into bed.

PS - my LJ rich text editor has suddenly stopped working. Worked fine yesterday. Same browser. Same Java. Anyone else having that problem? Okay, and now when I clicked to update my journal it didn't update but it moved me into the rich text mode. Something funky going on here.

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October 1st, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
Feel better, Susan! My daughter is crawling into bed with the same cold.
October 1st, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Maggie. I hate the way our bodies seem to know when we have so much to do and THEN attack us. I slept for 10 hours. Felt SO good.
October 1st, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)

Sorry about the postal sanfu.

Good luck fighting off the cold and getting over it ASAP.
October 1st, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Luckily I hadn't mailed your books yet. :-)

I found some old poetry articles of yours the other day, your Poetic License ones. Thought it was an interesting bit of fate having just met you. I was looking for input and knowledge about free verse now that I am in the midst of revision panic and convinced that I don't know enough. Good articles with good information.
October 2nd, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Glad the articles were useful, and, yes, ironic that you found them justa t the time we were "meeting" here on LiveJournal. :-)

Good luck with the revisions!

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October 1st, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I had that text not wrapping thing. It means someone posted something that was too long, didn't wrap, so until it ages off of there, you're stuck with it.
October 1st, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe the postal workers will sense that your packages are completely unthreatening and full of goodness ... and maybe they will just DELIVER them. The way they used to.
October 1st, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
I called the post office today and asked the postmaster what would happen. I explained that only two had come back to me. He said the others probably went through but it was priority mail and thus far, the people that I have asked, haven't received priority mail mailed 5 days ago. I'm still hopeful.
October 2nd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hi Susan -

Sorry you feel lousy.

It's a bad time to get anything done. These new Post Office rules are a menace to mankind. I seriously doubt they do any good, either --- but that's another issue.

Your ARCs? Too cool.

October 3rd, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
The post office and I use to get along so well. Sigh. These were actually books, my new PB, so even at my cost it's a pretty penny to replace them.
October 2nd, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Feel better, Susan!
October 3rd, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, Haemi. It's better today. I'm getting work done. How about you? Any luck getting that book off yet? ;-)
October 2nd, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)

I consider you fortunate. Yesterday, I too received a royalty statement. I'm still in the rears, so no money. You know, I've been doing this for like 6 years, and have only collected two royalty checks. And neither were much to brag about, which makes me wonder what takes agents so long to fanagle them. My last contract took 5 months to negotiate.

October 3rd, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: royalty
Don, It's all relative, I guess. I hear from other friends and I consider them more fortunate. This was just a tiny check for one of the educational publishers. I'm hoping for some money from my trade book this time - I've been in red there for a while.

Ouch on the 5 months to get a contract.
June 21st, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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