Still Working Update
I’m sorry for the long silence. I’ve been dealing with two big things down here in Houston.
On a happy note, I’ve signed 23 clients.
I’ve been working on submitting their material to publishers. That includes editing to get the manuscripts in the best possible shape before they go out, doing research on the best editors to send their materials to, and writing the letters that go with. Because I’m new at the game, I’m sweating bullets over the work. It’s going more slowly than it will once I’m an old hand. But I have good clients, and they’ll shine in the marketplace, I hope.
The other thing I’ve been dealing with is Houston weather–bizarrely. Houston usually has terrifying weather in the summer and fall–unbearable heat and humidity, punctuated by hurricanes.
This last month, though, we’ve been giving severe winters a try. It’s been record-setting. We spent twenty of the last thirty days below freezing. It never snowed, but we had enough freezing rain to shut the roads down and bring the city to a crashing halt. Keep in mind that Houston doesn’t have snowplows, salt trucks, or even snow shovels. Also, the water pipes are buried about 6 inches below ground because it doesn’t freeze much here. Until this last month. The pipes froze solid and broke all over the city, including on my street. The power suppliers couldn’t handle the drain on the electrical grid, so they instituted, without warning, rolling blackouts to cope.
It finally thawed out last Friday afternoon. Perhaps as an apology, the last two days have been absolutely beautiful. As things thawed out, the problems multiplied. In the last two days we’ve had the block’s water main repaired, the block’s broken electrical transformer replaced, and our washing machine repaired. The plumber is coming to look at the bathrooms today. It’s been amazing. But I think we’re through the worst of it.
Anyway, I’m hopeful things will be calmer in the next month or two. On a good note, I’ve now read every manuscript I’ve been sent. Nothing like a power outage to catch up on my reading. Now I need to get the rest of my clients’ material out there, then I’ll get the rejections and acceptances for the pending manuscripts out, and then I’ll catch my emails up, including going through about 1500 queries I’ve been waiting to reply to until I finished reading what I had on hand.
So that’s the update.
It’s 70 degrees outside and sunny. It’s like the last month never happened. It’s supposed to stay that way for a week.
Back to work.